Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

New Rivulet Road Bridge completed

Media Release

DC227/2017

01 August 2017

Joint release with:

Andrew Gee

Federal Member for Calare

Graeme Hanger

Mayor

  • 780,000 bridge replacement near Peel north of Bathurst is now complete
  • New concrete bridge is wider, safer and more immune to flooding
  • Project jointly funded by the Australian Government and Bathurst Regional Council

A $780,000 project to replace the aging bridge over the Winburndale Rivulet on Rivulet Road, located about 15 kilometres north of Bathurst near Peel, is now officially complete.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project would provide safer and more reliable access for local residents and farming businesses.

“Peel residents had voiced concerns about the safety of the old bridge over the Winburndale Rivulet due to the steep approach to the bridge, and its width and proximity to the water below,” Mr Chester said.

“The new wider and stronger concrete bridge will benefit the region's agricultural businesses by providing safer and more efficient access to the area for the movement of freight.”

Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the project was funded under Round Two of the Australian Government's Bridges Renewal Programme, which upgrades and repairs bridges to enhance access for local communities and improve productivity for heavy vehicles.

“The old one-lane timber bridge was demolished and replaced with a two-lane, 12-metre-span concrete bridge,” Mr Gee said.

“The crossing was also raised to improve flood immunity, while also easing the burden of ongoing maintenance costs on the Bathurst Regional Council budget.”

Bathurst Regional Council Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the upgrade was important to ensure safe and reliable access for motorists.

“In addition, the new bridge increases productivity and has economic benefits for the community.

It demonstrates that we are working to improve infrastructure not just within the Bathurst CBD, but also our surrounding villages,” Cr Hanger said.

Construction on the project started in January 2017 and works were completed in June 2017.

The Australian Government and Bathurst Regional Council each contributed $390,000 to fund the project.