BRIDGES AND HEAVY VEHICLE SAFETY FUNDING FLOWS TO MALLEE
Twenty projects across Mallee will receive a share of more than $290 million in Australian Government funding under Round 5 of the Bridges Renewal Program (BRP) and Round 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP).
Federal Member for Mallee, Anne Webster, said the timing couldn’t be better to see funding flow to deliver better and safer bridges and freight roads in the region.
“This vital funding will allow communities across Australia to fast-track their highest-priority infrastructure projects, providing a much-needed boost to local jobs and the economy,” Dr Webster said.
“I am pleased that Mallee will receive a total of $11.2 million for important roads and the Albacutya Bridge received funding. I have been lobbying for this funding since I was elected, so I am particularly pleased with this announcement.”
Projects in Mallee that received funding include: (for a full list go to annewebster.com.au/media
• Albacutya Bridge, and Albacutya Road, Albacutya – $2.14 million (combined bridge and road)
• Upgrade Berriwillock-Birchip Road – $1.5 million
• Henty Highway – Horsham to Lascelles – $2 million
• Kenley Road Reconstruction, Kenley – $1.75 million
• Raywood Rd Reconstruction and Widening, Bridgewater – $330,000
“Infrastructure projects like these mean more jobs for construction companies in Mallee, and more cash flowing through local businesses and communities currently doing it tough. Local transport companies and businesses rely on our roads and bridges being adequate for safety. The Rainbow township and the Hindmarsh Council have spoken to me about these important projects, especially the Albacutya Bridge. I am very excited this has been awarded funding this time around.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said these latest rounds would support 350 projects across the nation.
“I am pleased to deliver more than $290 million in funding to more than 350 projects nationwide, which will upgrade and replace bridges which have been damaged or are deteriorating and improve key heavy vehicle infrastructure,” Mr McCormack said.
“With nearly 80 per cent of this funding going to local councils, the outcome of these rounds will support local workers, households and businesses through a difficult time and position the Australian economy for a strong recovery.
“By improving our road network this funding will also help keep people safe on our roads while making key freight routes more efficient, delivering long-term benefits to drivers, businesses and local communities.
“This includes our truckies, who form an essential part of the backbone of our national economy and have been working tirelessly during COVID-19 to keep shelves stocked, hospitals supplied and the economy moving.
“Now more than ever the continued roll out of road infrastructure projects is important to support local jobs, underpin economic growth and ensure all Australians can reach their destinations sooner and safer and communities can rest assured that’s exactly what our Government is doing.”
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said 50 per cent of this funding would benefit communities impacted by the ongoing drought and earlier bushfire events.
“$146.97 million in funding through these rounds will go to councils affected by bushfires, drought or both – providing secure work for local construction contractors and businesses who have felt the cumulative impact of these events and now COVID-19 while delivering lasting infrastructure that will benefit the region for years to come,” Mr Buchholz said.
“This includes livestock transport industry projects that will directly support communities currently impacted by drought, being funded under Round 7 of the HVSPP.
“Round 5 of the BRP also provides an opportunity for many councils to begin the process of replacing or upgrading bridges damaged in bushfire events, both rounds demonstrating our steadfast commitment to continue to stand side by side with these communities doing it particularly tough.
“Already more than 500 projects funded through the BRP and HVSPP across the country have either been completed or are well underway and I look forward to getting shovels in the ground on these next projects.”
For more information and a list of successful applicants, visit:
|Project Name||Project Description/key benefits||State||Drought or Bushfire||Australian Government Funding||Program|
|Upgrade Berriwillock-Birchip Road||Constructing two floodway’s, reconstructing and widening 5.6kms||VIC||Drought||$1,500,000.00||Heavy Vehicle Program R7 – Council|
|Albacutya Bridge, Albacutya Road, Albacutya||Construct a dual lane bridge in replacement of old single lane bridge||VIC||No||$2,000,000.00||Bridges Renewal Program R5 – Council|
|Albacutya Road, Albacutya||1.2kms road widening of narrow bend and crest on heavily used truck route||VIC||No||$138,203.00||Heavy Vehicle Program R7 – Council|
|Lorquon Road, Jeparit||1km road widening of bend with sight issues and straight with narrow seal||VIC||No||$122,985.00||Heavy Vehicle Program R7 – Council|
|Kiata North Road, Kiata||1.5kms road widening of severely pavement failed narrow sealed road||VIC||No||$158,748.00||Heavy Vehicle Program R7 – Council|
|Horsham Lubeck Road Bridge Strengthening||Concrete overlay over the existing U beam deck bridge||VIC||No||$186,000.00||Bridges Renewal Program R5 – Council|
|Drung Jung Road Upgrade||Upgrade of 2.08kms from sealed road from 3.7m wide to 6.2m wide||VIC||No||$284,000.00||Heavy Vehicle Program R7 – Council|
|Henty Highway – Horsham to Lascelles||The project includes widening and sealing of shoulders. Wide centreline treatment may be included||VIC||No||$2,000,000.00||Heavy Vehicle Program R7 – State|
|Godfrey Street Bridge Renewal||Replacement of existing bridge with an upgraded bridge||VIC||No||$260,000.00||Bridges Renewal Program R5 – Council|
|Echuca-Serpentine Rd (Ch. 24.23 – Ch. 26) Reconstruction and Widening||Reconstruction and widening of 1.77kms of Bridgewater Raywood Rd||VIC||No||$290,000.00||Heavy Vehicle Program R7 – Council|
|Echuca-Serpentine Rd (Ch. 26 – Ch. 27.9) Reconstruction and Widening||Reconstruction and widening of 1.9 km of Bridgewater Raywood Rd||VIC||No||$312,500.00||Heavy Vehicle Program R7 – Council|
|Bridgewater Raywood Rd (Ch. 7.21 – Ch. 9.21) Reconstruction and Widening||Reconstruction and widening of 2kms of Bridgewater Raywood Rd||VIC||No||$330,000.00||Heavy Vehicle Program R7 – Council|
|Minyip Banyena Road Structure Replacement||Replacement of Dunmunkle Creek Crossing in Minyip Banyena Road at 5.7 km east of Stawell Warracknabeal Road||VIC||Drought||$50,000.00||Bridges Renewal Program R5 – Council|
|Campbells Bridge Road||Widen the seal to 6.2m wide for 9.1kms of road, upgrade intersections improving road safety and productivity||VIC||No||$376,000.00||Heavy Vehicle Program R7 – Council|
|Wedderburn Road||This project will widen the road seal from widths improving the safety and productivity of this road||VIC||No||$150,000.00||Heavy Vehicle Program R7 – Council|
|Queens Avenue and Millett Street||Upgrade and rehabilitation to intersections, pavements, entrances, kerb and channel increasing road width, construction of a footpath||VIC||No||$170,000.00||Heavy Vehicle Program R7 – Council|
|Mayala Road Reconstruction, Robinvale||Reconstruct 2.5km on Mayala Road widening road from 3.9m seal to 6.2m seal with 2m unsealed shoulders||VIC||Drought||$205,000.00||Heavy Vehicle Program R7 – Council|
|Kenley Road Reconstruction, Kenley||Reconstruct 6.5km on Kenley Road widening road from 3.9m seal to 6.2m seal with 2m unsealed shoulders.||VIC||Drought||$1,750,000.00||Heavy Vehicle Program R7 – Council|
|Harrow Clear Lake Bridge over Salt Creek||Strengthening and rehabilitation of Harrow Clear Lake Bridge over Salt Creek||VIC||No||$210,567.00||Bridges Renewal Program R5 – Council|
|Kadnook Connewirriccoo Ch. 11000 – Ch. 11600, Ch. 5300 – Ch. 5800||Reconstruct and widen seal on Kadnook Connewirriccoo Ch. 11000 – Ch. 11600, Ch. 5300 – Ch. 5800||VIC||No||$151,200.00||Heavy Vehicle Program R7 – Council|
|Mooree Road Ch. 0m to Ch. 3400m||Reconstruct and widen seal on Mooree road from Chainage 00m to Ch 3400m||VIC||No||$543,312.00||Heavy Vehicle Program R7 – Council|