Almost $4 million for Page bridges under Round Two of the Bridges Renewal Programme
18 January 2016
Joint release with:
Federal Member for Page
Motorists across the Page electorate can look forward to safer and more efficient travel in the future, with almost $4 million from Round Two of the Australian Government's Bridges Renewal Programme being invested in fixing nine bridges in the electorate.
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan today visited the site of one project—the Romiaka Channel Bridge at Yamba—to announce the local projects, including:
- $1.731 million to replace the existing Romiaka Channel Bridge with a two lane concrete structure with a footpath—with matched funding from Clarence Valley Council
- $1.973 million to replace six single lane timber bridges on Gradys Creek and Lions Road at Kyogle with two lane bridges—with matched funding from Kyogle Council
- $228,600 to replace the single lane Barretts Bridge at Old Bonalba with a new single lane concrete and steel bridge—with matched funding from Kyogle Council, and
- $65,000 to replace the two lane Jacks Bridge at Ramornie with a concrete pipe culvert—with matched funding from Clarence Valley Council
Mr Truss said the programme bolsters the productivity and capacity of ageing bridges across Australia and gives councils the support they need to better serve communities.
“Under Round Two of the programme, the Coalition Government has announced $100 million to fund improvements to 164 bridges around Australia to help deliver economic benefits to local communities,” Mr Truss said.
“This latest funding is in addition to the $111 million committed under Round One of the programme.
“Local governments play a critical role in maintaining and developing the nation's social and economic fabric and that's why we are continuing to support funding to councils. We understand that local communities are the backbone of Australia, and local governments are key to those communities' ongoing growth and prosperity.”
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan welcomed the multimillion dollar injection into local infrastructure and said each bridge had been identified as a priority by local Councils.
“By upgrading these bridges, residents will enjoy better, safer and more reliable road access. Freight from farms and local factories will be also be able to pass safely along quicker routes which improves their productivity,” Mr Hogan said.
“In the case of the Romiaka and Barretts bridges, new wider structures will be built with greater load capacities. The Romiaka Bridge will also have a two metre wide footpath added.
“Similarly, six single lane timber bridges along Gradys Creek and Lions Roads will be replaced with wider, galvanised steel structures with capacities of 50 tonnes.
“Up until now heavy vehicles have occasionally had to use a detour of up to 115 kilometres because the six existing bridges are unsuitable, costing businesses time and money.
“The two lane Jacks Bridge at Ramornie will be replaced with a concrete pipe culvert, which will improve driver safety and ensure heavy vehicles can continue to travel between Grafton and Glen Innes without having to go via lengthy detours.”
Each project is being jointly funded between the Australian Government and local Councils.