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Parkes Electorate Bridges Renewal projects get go ahead

The much-needed upgrade to local bridges under the Australian Government’s new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme, said Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton.

The Abbott/Truss Government is committing $28.5 million – matched by proponents – to 29 projects across New South Wales as part of Round One of the Bridges Renewal Programme.

“The injection of more than $3 million to upgrade our local bridges will make using them safer and more reliable, while also being a huge fillip for freight providing major benefits for the community and the region,” Mr Coulton said.

Local bridges approved for upgrade in the Parkes Electorate are listed below:

Local Government Area

Project Name & Location

Australian Government Contribution

Total Project Cost

Mid-Western Regional Council

Green Gully on the Queens Pinch Rd, Queens Pinch 22kms south of Mudgee.

$326,000

$652,000

Mid-Western Regional Council

Stoney Creek on the Wollar Rd 34kms NE of Mudgee

$410,000

$820,000

Mid-Western Regional Council

Butter Factory Bridge, Crudine Creek on the Crudine Rd  63kms south of Mudgee

$315,000

$630,000

Narrabri Shire Council

Harparary Bridge over the Namoi River, Harparary Rd 35kms south of Narrabri

$1,694,000

$3,388,000

Warrumbungle Shire Council

Mow Creek Bridge, on Warrumbungle Way, 25kms south of Coonabarabran

$400,000

$1,100,000

Warrumbungle Shire Council

Orana Rd Bridge, 20kms south of Coolah on Rd to Dunedoo.

$225,000

$450,000

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

“The Parkes electorate is a vibrant region and our Government is investing in its continued growth.

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

Today, the Australian Government has committed $28.5 million under Round One of the programme, with a total commitment of $300 million over five years from 2014-15 for the entire programme.

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