Joint Media Release with Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Darren Chester MP
Three new bridge projects will be delivered in the Northern Territory following the announcement of successful projects under round three of the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said upgrades to five bridges on the Tablelands Highway was among three projects in the NT to receive $5.1 million in funding under the programme.
Senator Scullion said he had worked closely with the community to identify key bridges for upgrade, with the improvement set to increase connectivity in the region.
“The upgrade of the five bridges on the Tablelands Highway will receive federal funding of $4,957,266, with the Northern Territory Government to fund the reminder of the $9.9 million project. This latest funding follows funding from a previous round of $6.25 million from this programme to upgrade six bridges on the Tablelands Highway that has been completed.
“$110,000 of funding has been awarded to the Roper Gulf Regional Council for a new Barunga culvert crossing while guard railing will be upgraded on the Angurugu River Bridge with funding of $49,500 to the East Arnhem Regional Council. Both councils are matching the funding for the bridges.
“The upgrade of these bridges will improve driving conditions for residents and local truck drivers,” Senator Scullion said.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the $162.53 million funding toward round three of the Bridges Renewal program was in addition to the $216 million committed under the first two rounds.
“The renewal and upgrade of 186 bridges under this round will deliver social and economic benefits throughout regional Australia,” Mr Chester said.
The Federal Government’s financial commitment in this round will be matched by successful proponents. To allow for a wider distribution of projects, the Australian Government’s contribution under round three has been limited to $5 million per project.
For more information on the program, including a full list of successful Round Three projects is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges.