Councils throughout the Northern Territory have the chance to get local bridges in poor condition fixed with the help of direct funding from the Coalition Government.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said a new round of funding under the $360 million Bridges Renewal Programme opened today.
“This is a great opportunity for the Territory and local governments to apply for funding to have ageing bridges fixed, with up to half the cost met by the Australian Government. This will be the third round of funding under the programme, which is continuing to keep communities connected and local industries profitable,” Senator Scullion said.
“Our councils can get on board by nominating local bridges that need upgrading or replacement. Residents who might like to put forward their ideas should get in touch with their council to find out about any plans they have to nominate local bridges, or put forward suggestions.
“Better bridges improve safety and access for communities, and keep businesses and the road-freight sector powering on – delivering dollars into the pockets of local businesses and supporting jobs.
“By working together with governments at all levels – particularly local councils that often need a hand to get big-ticket projects under-way – we are upgrading and repairing bridges in all corners of the country.
“We’ve already seen serious dollars put into fixing bridges in the region, with upgrades to Leight Creek Crossing at Katherine and Six Bridges on the Tablelands Highway in the Barkly under earlier rounds of the programme.
“This is popular programme as it helps councils to tackle big-ticket upgrades they might not otherwise be able to take on. The Territory and local governments are eligible to apply for up to $5 million in Australian Government funding per project – that’s a significant sum of money for any organisation.”
Nominated projects will go through a competitive merit-based selection process, with successful applicants eligible to receive up to 50 per cent of project costs, or $5 million.
Proponents should discuss priorities with their local communities, industry stakeholders, Regional Development Australia committees and relevant government road agencies early in the process of compiling their proposals.
Round three is open for applications until 15 May 2017. Guidelines and proposal forms are now available on the Bridges Renewal Programme website at: www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges