Bridge funding available for northern councils

Senator Macdonald attends the re-opening of the Punchbowl Bridge in November with Mayor Belinda Murphy, local government minister Jennifer Howard and others.
Senator Macdonald attends the re-opening of the Punchbowl Bridge in November with Mayor Belinda Murphy, local government minister Jennifer Howard and others.

Councils can upgrade local bridges in poor condition with the help of funding from the Federal Government. Senator Ian Macdonald said a new round of the $360m Bridges Renewal Program opened last week.  “North-west Councils are already benefitting with projects funded in the last round, including Punchbowl Road Bridge in McKinlay Shire,” he said. “This is a great opportunity for councils to apply for funding to repair damaged or ageing bridges, with up to half the cost met by the Australian Government.”

Senator Macdonald said councils can nominate local bridges that need upgrading or replacement.

“Better bridges improve safety and access for communities, and keep businesses and the road freight sector powering on, which is critical in those regional and rural communities across the North.”