New funding for bridge upgrades nationwide

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 is investing over $50.3 million towards 23 projects under the Bridges Renewal Program. This funding is part of the Government’s ongoing commitment of $85 million per year to the program.

This program provides funding to address issues where bridges are no longer fit for purpose, often involving the replacement of single-lane timber bridges with safer and more durable double-lane, modern concrete structures.

The Bridges Renewal Program provides funding to state, territory and local governments for projects that upgrade and replace bridges to enhance access.

For more information on the program, visit

Quotes attributable to Regional Development, Local Government and Territories Minister, the Hon Kristy McBain MP:

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

Funded projects:


Project Name

Project Summary

Australian Government Commitment ($)

Total Project Cost ($)

New South Wales

Port Macquarie Hastings Council

Port Macquarie Hastings Council – Replacement of bridge over Yippen Creek, Beechwood Rd, Wauchope

Replace poor-condition timber bridge over Yippen Creek, Beechwood Road with new concrete structure, raising height by 6 metres



Port Macquarie Hastings Council

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council – Replacement of Stoney Creek bridge – Pembrooke Road, Pembrooke

Replace existing one-lane timber bridge over Stoney Creek on Pembrooke Road, with modern two-lane concrete structure



Goulburn Mulwaree Council

Goulburn Mulwaree Council – Range Road Causeway Replacement, Baw Baw

Replace a causeway with a raised and widened concrete culvert



Eurobodalla Shire Council

Eurobodalla Shire Council – Silo Farm Bridge Replacement, Bodalla

Replace existing 71-metre-long, eight-span bridge with a 90-metre-long bridge. Bridge approaches will also be repaired and replaced



Hay Shire Council

Hay Shire Council – Widening and strengthening of Budgee Creek bridge, Maude Road, Maude

Widen and strengthen existing bridge over Budgee Creek on Maude Road, Hay Shire to 9.6-metre-wide and 160-tonne capacity



Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council - Honeysuckle Creek Bridge Replacement, Majors Creek

Replace existing 5.2-metre-wide concrete bridge with 8.42-metre-wide InQuik concrete structure. Upgrade Monga Lane to be suitable as side-track during construction



Hay Shire Council

Hay Shire Council – Replacement of Nimmie Creek bridge and 10 nearby culverts – Maude Road, Maude

Replace the existing bridge over Nimmie Creek and 10 nearby culverts on Maude Road, Hay Shire with two-lane structures



Port Macquarie Hastings Council

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council – Replacement of bridge on Stoney Creek Road – Redbank

Replace one-lane timber bridge over Snowball Creek on Stoney Creek Road, with a raised two-lane concrete structure



Armidale Regional Council

Armidale Regional Council - Bakers Creek Bridge Replacement, Hillgrove

Construct new concrete bridge at Bakers Creek on Old Hillgrove Road. Works will include the minor adjustment of bridge approaches for improved bridge safety, construction of a new concrete bridge and finishing works such as guardrails and signage




Toowoomba Regional Council

Toowoomba Regional Council – Replacement of Branchview bridge – Branchview

Replace single-lane timber bridge in very poor condition with a two-lane modern concrete structure over the Condamine River on Branchview Road



Ipswich City Council

Ipswich City Council – Replacement of Calvert bridge – Hiddenvale Road, Calvert

Replace existing one-lane timber bridge over Western Creek on Hiddenvale Road, Calvert with a two-lane concrete structure



Rockhampton Regional Council

Rockhampton Regional Council – Scrubby Creek Culvert Upgrade – Old Capricorn Highway, Gracemere

Replace a 70+-year-old single-lane culvert with a dual-lane concrete culvert over Scrubby Creek, Old Capricorn Highway, Gracemere



Noosa Shire Council

Noosa Shire Council – Replacement of Lawnville Rd bridge, Cooroy

Replace two-lane timber bridge with two-lane modern concrete structure over Six Mile Creek on Lawnville Rd, Cooroy



Ipswich City Council

Ipswich City Council – Replacement of Keanes Road bridge, Calvert

Replace existing one-lane timber bridge over Bremer River on Keanes Road, Calvert with one-lane concrete structure



Hinchinbrook Shire Council

Hinchinbrook Shire Council – Copleys Road Bridge Replacement, Abergowrie

Replace 3.6-metre-diameter Helcor bridge with concrete bridge structure



Hinchinbrook Shire Council

Hinchinbrook Shire Council – Waterfall Creek Bridge Replacement, Abergowie

Replace existing timber structure with single-span bridge or culvert



South Australia

Alexandrina Council

Alexandrina Council – Replacement of Wickham Hill Road bridge, Kuitpo

Replace 90-year-old, two-lane bridge with two-lane modern concrete structure over Meadows Creek on Wickham Hill Road, Kuitpo




West Tamar Council

West Tamar Council – Upgrading of the bridge on Greens Beach Road, York Town

Strengthen and install standard guardrails on the existing bridge over Yorktown Rivulet on Greens Beach Road, York Town. Load limit will be increased from 44 tonnes to 70 tonnes




Hepburn Shire Council

Hepburn Shire Council – Renewal of the Historic Wheelers Bridge, Lawrence

Reconstruct historic 51-metre-long Monier arch bridge on Creswick Lawrence Road, Lawrence. The 120-year-old structure, constructed by Monash and Anderson in 1900, is at the end of its useful life



Monash City Council

City of Monash – Replacement of Duerdin Street Bridge Culvert, Clayton

Replace existing bridge culvert over Mile Creek on Duerdin Street, Clayton with larger, stronger box-culvert bridge



Victoria, Department of Transport

Renew Bandiana Link Road bridge – Hume Freeway, Wodonga

Renew existing Bandiana Link Road bridge on Hume Freeway, Wodonga



Victoria, Department of Transport

Victorian Department of Transport – Wellington Shire Council – Replacement of Rainbow Creek bridge – Traralgon-Maffra Road, Heyfield

Replace existing timber bridge over Rainbow Creek on Traralgon-Maffra Road, Heyfield with modern concrete structure



Western Australia

City of Greater Geraldton

City of Greater Geraldton – Replacement of bridge over Greenough River, Nangetty-Walkaway Road, Walkaway

Replace 59-year-old bridge in poor condition with a modern concrete bridge over the Greenough River, Walkaway