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A new lease of life for bridges

Councils in the Hunter electorate are being invited to apply for a share of a $360 million programme to have ageing bridges repaired.

The Commonwealth Government’s Bridges Renewal programme has opened a third round of funding where the government will meet up to half the cost of the repair according to the Nationals Duty Senator for Hunter John Williams.

He said whilst Councils can nominate bridges that need upgrading, local residents should also contact their local council with suggestions.

State, territory and local governments are eligible to apply for up to 50 percent of project costs to a maximum of $5 million.

Senator Williams said better bridges improve safety and access for communities, and keep businesses and the road freight sector powering on – delivering dollars into the pockets of local businesses and supporting jobs.

He said since the Bridges Renewal programme started in 2014-15, around $211 million has been invested in 204 projects across the country

Senator Williams has reminded applicants that Round 3 of the Bridges Renewal programme is open until the 15th of May, and guidelines and proposal forms are now available on the Bridges Renewal Programme website at: www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges

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