$2 million in Federal funds to upgrade Somerset bridges

20 March 2015

QUEENSLAND LNP Senator Barry O’Sullivan has welcomed much-needed upgrades to local bridges under the Australian Government’s $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme.

The Abbott/Truss Government is committing $53.36 million in federal funds—matched by funding proponents—to improve bridges across Queensland’s road network.

“The injection of $1.995 million to upgrade our local bridges in the Blair electorate 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,” Senator O’Sullivan said.

Local bridges approved for upgrade in the Somerset Regional council area are listed below:

  • Taylors Bridge over Cessbrook Creek, on Esk-Crows Nest Road, Biarra.
  • Scrubby Creek Bridge, Villeneuve Road, Villeneuve.
  • Jenkinsons Bridge over Sandy Creek on McCauleys Lane.

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

“By upgrading these bridges from, for example, by replacing one-lane timber bridges with two-lane concrete bridges, residents will enjoy better and more reliable road access. Freight from farms and local factories will be able to pass safely along quicker routes with greatly improve productivity.”

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

The Australian Government is committing $114 million over Round One of the Bridges Renewal programme, committing a total of $300 million over five years from 2014–15.