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 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

Network of bridges to support Linville farmers

Media Release

FN170/2017

11 October 2017

Joint release with:

Graeme Lehmann

Mayor of Somerset Regional Council

Andrew Wallace

Federal Member for Fisher

  • New two-lane concrete bridge in Linville, Queensland officially opened today
  • The Harry Carey Bridge will improve links for local farmers and while also increase flood immunity
  • Another five bridges were officially opened at the same event

Farmers and trucking businesses in the Upper Brisbane Valley will be able to transport heavier loads more directly following the opening of the Harry Carey Bridge in Linville today.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the new bridge will be able to carry most commercial loads; ensuring local farmers can get goods to market quickly.

“Previously, local freight operators were load limited by the single lane timber bridge. This upgrade has delivered an almost 24 metre long, two-lane, concrete bridge,” Minister Nash said.

“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and providing a good transport network for does that.”

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said he was pleased to see the Coalition Government investing in regional transport links, with today marking the official opening of five bridges.

“For a region like ours, having access to good transport links is essential, not only for reducing the travel times to major cities, but also helping us to connect with nearby towns and neighbours,” Mr Wallace said.

“Harry Carey Bridge was delivered under Round 2 of the National Stronger Regions Fund, while the five remaining bridges, such as Larkhill Boundary Road in Lark Hill, were delivered through the Australian Government's Bridges Renewal Program.”

Mayor of Somerset Regional Council Graeme Lehmann said the Harry Carey Bridge upgrade had already paid dividends for the community by creating nine jobs during construction, and said the bridge upgrades were a boon for the community.

“Upgrades to these bridges has resulted in improved access and increased safety, delivering economic and social benefits for Somerset,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Our bridges need to carry heavy loads to support our farmers and Council is committed to providing a strong rural road network for our residents and visitors.”

For more information on the Federal Coalition Government's $75 billion infrastructure investment, including the National Stronger Regions Fund and Bridges Renewal Program, visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au