Sunday, January 21, 2018

Councils encouraged to apply for bridge funding

David Lee May 3, 2017

ROUND Three of the $360M Bridges Renewal Programme are now open and local councils in the Murray electorate are being encouraged to improve the state of their local bridges with the help of funding from the Federal Government.

With applications closing on May 15, nominated projects will go through a competitive merit-based selection process, with successful applicants eligible to receive up to 50 percent of project costs, or $5M. Proponents are encouraged to discuss priorities with their local communities, industry stakeholders, Regional Development Australia committees and relevant government road agencies early in the process of compiling their proposals.

Member for Murray, Damian Drum said, “This is a great opportunity for state and local governments to apply for funding to have ageing bridges fixed, with up to half the cost met by the Federal Government.

“I encourage the Strathbogie Shire, Greater Shepparton City Council, Moira Shire, Loddon Shire and Campaspe Shire councils to nominate local bridges that need upgrading or replacing.

“Murray residents who would like their local bridge upgraded are encouraged to get in touch with their council to see if they are nominating their local bridge for an upgrade.

“Since Bridges Renewal started in 2014-15, around $211M has been invested in 204 projects across the nation,” Mr Drum said.

Guidelines and proposal forms are now available on the Bridges Renewal Programme website at www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges