$500M program improving NSW region access

$500M program improving NSW region access The New South Wales Government has announced the first 34 timber bridges that will receive funding through Round Two of the $500 million Fixing Country Bridges program.

The Fixing Country Bridges Program aims to enable councils to replace timber bridges in poor condition and better connect regional and rural communities.

The Program aims to reduce the maintenance and renewal burden for councils on hundreds of timber bridges in regional and rural NSW.

Round One of the program saw 53 councils secure over $290 million in funding to replace more than 400 timber bridges. As part of the second round (Round 2A), $49.25 million has been awarded to replace 34 timber bridges with concrete bridges across 21 Local Government Areas (LGA).

The outcome of all other eligible applications submitted in Round Two of the Program (not included in the Round 2A announcement) is expected to be announced towards the end of 2022.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the program would support LGAs affected by natural disasters, such as flooding.

“With each bridge replaced, we’re opening up more efficient routes for heavy vehicles from freight to the local school bus and RFS tankers,” Farraway said.

“Improving access for freight companies helps them to reduce their operational costs, which will ultimately reduce costs for NSW families when buying the goods at the local supermarket.”

For more information on the program, click here.



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