$2.5 million for local bridge upgrades

18/1/2016

Boyup Brook and Pingelly have secured a total of more than $2.5 million in funding under round two of the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme to support vital upgrades of local bridge infrastructure.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said he was delighted the Shire of Boyup Brook had received $2.45 million to replace a single lane timber bridge with a two lane concrete bridge on the Boyup Brook to Cranbrook Road. He was also pleased the Shire of Pingelly received $81,000 to replace a two lane timber bridge with a two lane strengthened box culvert at Bullaring Road, Pingelly. 

“The Bridges Renewal Programme underpins the Government’s support for local bridges, which are vital in ensuring communities and local businesses have easy access to essential services, traffic movement and the efficient transportation of road freight,” Mr Wilson said. 

“The Bridges Renewal Programme is designed to bolster the productivity of Australia’s local bridges, and give councils the support they need to better serve communities and drive greater efficiency in road freight and traffic movement. 

“It is clear that the Boyup Brook and Pingelly Shire’s have thought seriously about how well their proposal addresses the objectives of the Programme and, in many cases, have taken the time to consult with local industry on their needs and priorities.

“These upgrades mean local communities within O’Connor will have access to safer and more reliable road access.
“This will not only reduce the time taken to transport freight from farms and local industry, but increase productivity and economic gains.

“These projects were identified as priorities by local government and the works will be managed by local government – showing this Government’s commitment to providing real outcomes from the local level up.”

 

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