Funding for Bega Valley bridge upgrade

Motorists who travel on some of Australia’s oldest and narrowest bridges will benefit from new Australian Government-funded upgrade and replacement projects.

The Australian Government in investing over $39 million towards 18 projects under the Bridges Renewal Program. This funding is part of the Government’s ongoing commitment of $85 million per year to the program.

In Eden-Monaro, the Watergums Creek Bridge in Wonboyn will be replaced with the Albanese Government contributing $3,540,000. The existing single-lane bridge will be replaced with a two-lane concrete structure. Additionally, the new bridge will be higher than the 100-year flood level and will be capable of carrying heavy forestry vehicles.

This project is co-funded with the Bega Valley Shire Council with a total project cost of $4,540,000.

This program provides funding to fix issues with bridges no longer fit for purpose, often involving the replacement of historic single-lane timber bridges with double-lane, modern concrete structures.

State, territory and local governments are encouraged to apply for funding from the program with applications accepted year-round.

For more information on the program, visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories and Member for Eden-Monaro, the Hon Kristy McBain MP:

“The Bridges Renewal Program funds the upgrade and replacement of bridges across Australia, to enhance access and improve freight through local communities.

“These projects will support local communities and holiday makers to travel in greater safety and assist businesses to deliver and receive their products and services more efficiently.

“I’m incredibly proud to be able to deliver this bridge upgrade for Wonboyn and the Bega Valley.

“We aren’t just repairing this bridge; we are providing funding for it to be upgraded to one that is more disaster resilient and fit for purpose well into the future.

“I know this upgrade will be welcomed by the Wonboyn community and our forestry industry who depend upon this bridge for the daily commute to work, or to move freight or stock for their business.”