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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister 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

Final info allows Burrum River crossing study to proceed

Media Release


01 September 2017

Joint release with:

Chris Loft

Mayor of Fraser Coast Regional Council

Jack Dempsey

Mayor of Bundaberg Regional Council

Keith Pitt

Federal Member for Hinkler

A feasibility study into a new bridge over the Burrum River is on the way, with the Australian Government today formally approving $200,000 in federal funding for the project after receiving additional information from the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the study would investigate potential alignment options between Burrum and Buxton.

“The Australian Government committed $200,000 during the 2016 election campaign towards a feasibility study for a new road bridge over the Burrum River,” Mr Chester said.

“The Fraser Coast Regional Council recently provided the Australian Government with the necessary information to progress the study which is expected to explore the overall cost of a new bridge, connecting roads and infrastructure, benefits to the community, environmental impacts and land acquisition. It is expected consultants will be appointed in the coming months.”

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the study has been a long time coming and would finally show if the project was feasible, economically viable and at what cost to taxpayers.

“For 10 years this project has been discussed but no-one has ever had real facts on how much it would cost, where it would go, what traffic volumes it could bring and the economic impact,” Mr Pitt said.

“I said the Federal Government would fund a feasibility study to see once and for all if this project stacks up. No more pie in the sky figures. We'll have a real budget that the Queensland State Government can use to assess whether it wants to fund this project.”

Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Chris Loft said the feasibility study would deliver a much needed boost in confidence for the local business community.

“I am pleased the Fraser Coast Regional Council has been given the green light to proceed with the study, and we look forward to working with the Bundaberg Regional Council to deliver the study by mid 2018,” he said.

Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor Jack Dempsey welcomed the Government's commitment to the study.

"We're really pleased to see the study proceed. We hope the study will confirm if the benefits of a new road bridge outweigh the costs, which will put to bed the impasse of whether an additional road crossing over Burrum River has merit. The study is expected to begin in late 2017 and be completed by mid-2018,” he said.

The $200,000 feasibility study for the Burrum Bridge is being fully funded by the Australian Government.