The Upper Hunter Shire Council has received more than $6.6 million to Fixing Country Bridges across the Shire.
It's under the NSW Government's $500 million Fixing country Bridges program that aim to better connect regional communities and increase resilience to natural disasters.
Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen said replacing old timber bridges means improved community connections to schools, towns and jobs, allowing easier movement of freight and delivering better outcomes for road safety.
“On top of easing the financial burden on councils, this program will create thousands of local jobs throughout regional communities at a time when they’re needed most,” he said.
“I’m glad that in the Upper Hunter Shire alone, we’re going to see $6,620,763 spent on bridges being replaced under this new round of funding because I know what a difference they’ll make to entire communities.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said round one of the program will see more than 400 ageing bridges replaced by safer, modern bridges that will better withstand events like floods and bushfires, and ease the burden of maintenance for local councils and ratepayers.
“Regional councils maintain more than 1,800 timber bridges across the state, and we’re delivering on our promise to help them replace ageing bridges.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Government had accelerated funding for the program with more than $290 million shared across 54 councils to replace 424 bridges in round one.
“That’s hundreds of fast-tracked projects that will start across the state in the next 12 months, helping councils to create and support jobs, drive productivity and keep our regional communities connected,” Paul Toole said.
The bridges receiving funding are:
- Albano Bridge $362,950.00
- Little Street Bridge $399,175.00
- Warlands Creek Bridge (No 3) $302,575.00
- Warlands Creek Bridge (No 5) $302,575.00
- Warlands Creek Bridge (No 4) $302,575.00
- Warlands Creek Bridge (No 2) $302,575.00
- Warlands Creek Bridge (No 1) $302,575.00
- Scotts Creek Bridge (No 3) $314,650.00
- Scotts Creek Bridge (No 2) $495,775.00
- Bobialla Bridge $616,525.00
- Lapstone Bridge and Culvert $721,750.00
- Blues Bridge $314,650.00
- Dartbrook Bridge $1,549,650.00
- Ashfords Bridge $332,763.00
Image credit: Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen