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

Works start on new Noosa crossing—Mary River Road Bridge

Media Release

MM087/2018

26 June 2018

Joint release with:

Tony Wellington

Mayor Noosa Council

Llew O'Brien MP

Federal Member for Wide Bay

Construction is getting underway on the new Mary River Road Bridge at Cooroy in central Queensland, which is set to improve safety and future-proof access to Cooroy for decades to come.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the new bridge would be significantly safer than the structure it replaces.

“The new Mary River Road Bridge will improve community access and will be significantly safer than the old bridge, delivering two new lanes with wider shoulders and barrier rails to address risky driver behaviour,” Mr McCormack said.

“This project is a great example of how the Liberal and Nationals' Government's Bridges Renewal Program is delivering better access and safer bridges for local communities.”

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien said the bridge would have a higher load limit, allowing increased freight and passenger traffic to meet Cooroy's economic requirements for the next century.

“The new bridge will be able to bear 160 tonnes, an increase on the current limit of 15 tonnes,” Mr O'Brien said.

“The stronger bridge will keep up with growing demand and support Cooroy's economy for the next 100 years.”

Noosa Council Mayor Tony Wellington said the new bridge will increase safety and accessibility.

“The new concrete bridge will support dedicated bicycle lanes, shared pedestrian pathways and better access to local sporting facilities,” Cr Wellington said.

“We appreciate the community's patience while work is underway to build this new bridge.”

During construction, a detour will be in place for motorists via Emerald Street, Garnet Street and Sportsground Parade. Pedestrians can walk via Mill Place and Lower Mill Road or through Apex Park and Cooroy sporting complex.

The Mary River Road Bridge Replacement is jointly funded by the Australian Government and Noosa Council, with the Australian Government contributing $663,429 towards the project through its Bridges Renewal Program.

Works start on 2 July and are expected to be completed by late 2018, weather permitting.

For further information on the Bridges Renewal Program, visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/bridges_renewal.aspx