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 Felltimber Road Bridge open to traffic

Media Release

DC244/2017

31 August 2017

Joint release with:

Scott Ferguson

Mayor Blayney Shire Council

Andrew Gee

Federal Member for Calare

  • Works complete on the new Felltimber Road Bridge, near Blayney
  • Access improved for locals, the freight industry and emergency services
  • Project jointly funded by the Australian Government and Blayney Shire Council

The new concrete Felltimber Road Bridge over Coombing Creek is open to traffic, replacing the old one-lane wooden structure and allowing the previous five-tonne load limit to be lifted.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government was investing a record $75 billion in infrastructure projects nationwide to deliver a safer and more efficient national transport network.

“The new Felltimber Road Bridge is just one of many projects delivered under the Bridges Renewal Programme, which the Coalition developed and implemented to help upgrade and repair bridges so communities are better connected and regional businesses can get their product to market more efficiently,” Mr Chester said.

“This project is a fantastic example of how the programme is funding superior transport infrastructure for communities right around the nation.”

Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the upgrade had brought the crossing into the 21st century.

“Emergency vehicles and other heavy vehicles will now be able to use the bridge because the previous five-tonne load limit has been lifted,” Mr Gee said.

“The Australian Government is investing more than $325 million in infrastructure across the Calare electorate, and this is just one of many projects that will ensure the region has the transport links it needs to thrive.”

Blayney Shire Mayor Scott Ferguson said the project had greatly improved freight efficiency by reducing travel times for primary producers connecting to regional sales facilities.

“This bridge is ‘futureproofed’, reducing the cost burden on Council in the form of ongoing maintenance costs,” Cr Ferguson said.

“The improved connections will have immediate benefits for local industry and will also be of great assistance to the entire community in the event of bushfires or other emergencies.”

The project is jointly funded by the Australian Government and Blayney Shire Council, with each committing $165,000. For further information on the Bridges Renewal Programme, visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/Bridgesrenewal/Index.aspx.