Ley commits funding for new bridge crossing at Oaklands

Published on 07 October 2020

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Local MP Sussan Ley has announced Commonwealth funding to help Federation Council replace a rundown bridge on Federation Way between Daysdale and Urana.

Ms Ley has committed $907k to upgrade the crossing over Billabong Anabranch just north of the Clear Hills Road turnoff to Oaklands - part of $9 million in new road and bridge projects set to get underway in Farrer over the next 12 months.

“The timing of these projects couldn’t be better and allows local councils to fast-track their highest-priority infrastructure projects, providing local jobs and boosting the economy, while build safer bridges and transport routes through Farrer,” Ms Ley said.

Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke said the Commonwealth funding will halve the total project costs of the Billabong Anabranch Bridge which is a fantastic result for Council and our community.”

“Replacing this vital local infrastructure will result in significant transport efficiencies for agriculture and manufacturing in our region on a key freight link for local, regional and interstate traffic.

“Council will now pursue State funding opportunities to complement the Federal Funding and replace the bridge which is estimated to cost $1,815,000 dollars,” Cr Bourke said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the latest rounds of the Bridges Renewal Program and Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program 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.”

More information and a list of successful applicants is at www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges & www.infrastructure.gov.au/hvspp

 

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