Bridge funding bonanza for the north-west


Nearly $2million will be invested into upgrading critical transport infrastructure across the north-west of the state thanks to the Commonwealth Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme. 

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said Boulia Shire Council and McKinley Shire Council will both receive the funding as part of the Round Two of the programme, which supports councils to maintain bridge infrastructure.

“Not only does this funding represent vital investment in regional areas across the north-west of the state, it also means vital transport routes can be maintained, supporting the movement of traffic and freight into these areas,” Senator Macdonald said.

Boulia Shire Council will receive $167,500 to upgrade the Georgina River Bridge on Donohue Highway and the Wills River Bridge and Double Creek Bridge on Selwyn Road. 

McKinley Shire Council will receive $1.7million to replace a one lane culvert with a one lane concrete bridge and realignment at Punchbowl Road Bridge. 

As part of the funding approval, councils are required to match the funding.

“By investing in the local road network, we are ensuring we maintain critical infrastructure that will prove essential to these regional communities as we start to see further growth and development across Northern Australia.

More information on the Bridges Renewal Programme, including a full list of successful Round Two projects is available atwww.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges

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