Barnaby Joyce

The Nationals Member For New England

Deputy Prime Minister

Leader of The Nationals
Barnaby Joyce

Bridges Renewal project gets go ahead

16 February 2015


FEDERAL Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce today welcome’s the much-needed upgrade to local bridges under the Australian Government’s new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme.

The Abbott/Truss Government is committing $28.5 million – matched by proponents – to 29 projects across New South Wales as part of Round One of the Bridges Renewal Programme.


“The injection of $1.575 million to upgrade our local bridges will make using them safer and more reliable, while also being a huge stimulus for freight providing major benefits for the community and the region,” Mr Joyce said.


Local bridges approved for upgrade in the New England region are listed below:


Tenterfield Shire Council, Bookookoorara Creek Bridge, Mount Lindesay Road $350,000 Tamworth Regional Council, Catong Gully Bridge on Lower Somerton Road $170,000 Uralla Shire Council, Abington Creek Bridge $705,000

Glen Innes Severn Shire Council, Severn River Bridge on Nine Mile Road $350,000


“In particular, our programme will improve road access for local traffic and increase efficiency on local roads, which will be a relief to all.” Mr Joyce said.


“The New England electorate is a vibrant region and our Government is investing in its continued growth.


“Councils will play a significant role in managing these projects, ensuring these bridges can continue to contribute to productivity and community access.”


“Today, the Australian Government has committed $28.5 million under Round One of the programme, with a total commitment of $300 million over five years from 2014-15 for the entire programme,” Mr Joyce said.


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