Katherine Town Council has secured $1.5 million in funding under Round Two of the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme to support vital upgrades of local bridge infrastructure.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the Bridges Renewal Programme underpins the Government’s support for local bridges, which are vital in ensuring communities and local businesses have easy access to essential services, traffic movement and the efficient transportation of road freight.
“The $1.5 million will go to upgrade the Leight Creek Crossing on Emungalan Road. The funding to this $3.865 million project will replace this low level bridge with a raised bridge to improve year round access,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Bridges Renewal Programme is designed to bolster the productivity of Australia’s local bridges, and give councils the support they need to better serve communities and drive greater efficiency in road freight and traffic movement,” Senator Scullion said.
“It is clear that Councils have thought seriously about how well their proposal addresses the objectives of the Programme and, in many cases, have taken the time to consult with local industry on their needs and priorities.
“These upgrades mean local communities around Katherine will have access to safer and more reliable road access.
“This will not only reduce the time taken to transport freight from farms and local industry, but increase productivity and economic gains.
“These projects were identified as priorities by local government and the works will be managed by local government – showing this Government’s commitment to providing real outcomes from the local level up,” Senator Scullion said.
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2016-01-27 Katherine bridge renewal release.pdf