Government Senator Ian Macdonald will head to Julia Creek tomorrow to officially open a new $3.5million bridge.
The new Punchbowl Bridge, which crosses the Flinders River at Punchbowl Crossing, received $1.7million as part of the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program.
Senator Macdonald will also attend the official re-opening of the Julia Creek Community Precinct upgrade during his visit.
“I am looking forward to meeting with the Mayor, Cr Belinda Murphy, and checking out some of the major projects that have been completed since my last visit, prior to the federal election,” Senator Macdonald said.
“The McKinlay Shire Council are to be commended on securing funding from both the Federal and State Governments to help fund these important infrastructure projects.”
Senator Macdonald said Punchbowl Bridge is an important transport route for the region.
“Not only will the new bridge improve access for locals during flooding events, it’s increased load limit will mean it can also carry heavier vehicles,” Senator Macdonald said.
“Small communities like Julia Creek are the heart of regional Australia, and it’s reassuring to know that government investment in critical infrastructure is having a positive impact, not only on the lives of those who call this area home, but also for tourism and transport industries.”