More than six million dollars will fund nine bridge and heavy vehicle infrastructure projects across the north-east Victorian electorate of Indi.
It’s part of the $290 million in the Liberal and Nationals Government funding under Round 5 of the Bridges Renewal Program (BRP) and Round 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP).
Wodonga-based Nationals Senator and leader of the Nationals in the Senate, Bridget McKenzie, said the timing couldn’t be better after drought, bushfires and COVID, to see funding flow to deliver better and safer bridges and freight roads across the electorate.
|Murrindindi Shire Council||Renewal/Upgrade Pincombes Bridge Bridge, Glenburn||Demolish the single-lane bridge and build a two-lane precast concrete bridge to improve road safety||$742,500|
|Murrindindi Shire Council||Renewal/Upgrade McDonalds Bridge (Yarck Road), Gobur||Replace single-lane bridge with two-lane precast concrete bridge for improved road safety and to eliminate load limit||$993,300|
|Alpine Shire||Bay Creek Bridge Upgrade||The bridge will be upgraded from a 6T gross vehicle limit to 68T||$114,675|
|Wangaratta Rural City Council||Developmental Road Bridge Renewal||Replacement of bridge with concrete bridge||$290,000|
|Murrindindi Shire Council||Renewal/Upgrade Caravan Park Bridge, Yea||Replace deteriorated bridge with new precast concrete Bridge. Remove bridge load limit||$330,000|
|Victoria, Department of Transport||Nimmo Bridge Strengthening||Strengthening Nimmo Bridge on Buffalo River Road||$1,211,000|
|Murrindindi Shire Council||Snobs Creek Road Widening, Eildon||Widen the current carriageway to improve road safety||$375,650|
|Wangaratta Rural City Council||Sandford Road Upgrade||Widen, pavement, kerb and channel Sandford Road||$600,000|
|Shire of Towong||Corryong’s Heavy Vehicle Haulage via The Stock Route||Deviation of the heavy vehicles route from the Corryong’s CBD to an alternative truck route, The Stock Route||$1,376,182|
“Funding for some of these projects will help in the drought and bushfire recovery such as an alternative route for trucks in Corryong, bypassing the CBD.
“This vital funding will allow communities right across the country to fast-track their highest-priority infrastructure projects, providing a much-needed boost to local jobs and the economy,” Senator McKenzie said.
“Every single local job we support by investing in infrastructure projects means one less worry for another Victorian and their family, reliable work on the books for local construction companies and more cash flowing through local businesses and communities doing it tough.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said these latest rounds would support 350 projects across the nation.
“I am pleased to deliver more than $290 million in funding to more than 350 projects nationwide, which will upgrade and replace bridges which have been damaged or are deteriorating and improve key heavy vehicle infrastructure,” he said.
“With nearly 80 per cent of this funding going to local councils, the outcome of these rounds will support local workers, households and businesses through a difficult time and position the Australian economy for a strong recovery.
“By improving our road network this funding will also help keep people safe on our roads while making key freight routes more efficient, delivering long-term benefits to drivers, businesses and local communities.
“This includes our truckies, who form an essential part of the backbone of our national economy and have been working tirelessly during COVID-19 to keep shelves stocked, hospitals supplied and the economy moving.
“Now more than ever the continued roll out of road infrastructure projects is important to support local jobs, underpin economic growth and ensure all Australians can reach their destinations sooner and safer and communities can rest assured that’s exactly what our Government is doing.”
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said 50 per cent of this funding would benefit communities impacted by the ongoing drought and earlier bushfire events.
“$146.97 million in funding through these rounds will go to councils affected by bushfires, drought or both – providing secure work for local construction contractors and businesses who have felt the cumulative impact of these events and now COVID-19 while delivering lasting infrastructure that will benefit the region for years to come,” Mr Buchholz said.
“This includes livestock transport industry projects that will directly support communities currently impacted by drought, being funded under Round 7 of the HVSPP.
“Round 5 of the BRP also provides an opportunity for many councils to begin the process of replacing or upgrading bridges damaged in bushfire events, both rounds demonstrating our steadfast commitment to continue to stand side by side with these communities doing it particularly tough.
“Already more than 500 projects funded through the BRP and HVSPP across the country have either been completed or are well underway and I look forward to getting shovels in the ground on these next projects.”
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