Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion has welcomed the much-needed upgrade to local bridges under the Australian Government’s new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme.
The Abbott/Truss Government is committing $6.25 million – matched by proponents – to six bridges across the Northern Territory as part of Round One of the Bridges Renewal Programme.
“Six bridges on the Tablelands Highway in the Barkly region will be upgraded,” Senator Scullion said.
“This project includes crossings of Playford River, Boree Creek, Whitehole Creek, Brunette Creek (South), Brunette Creek (North) and Creswell Creek on the on the Tablelands Highway between Barkly Highway and Barkly Stock Route.
“The injection of $12.5m to upgrade our local bridges will make using them safer and more reliable, while also being a huge fillip for freight providing major benefits for the community and the region.
“In particular, our programme will improve road access for local traffic and increase efficiency on local roads, which will be a relief to all.
“The Northern Territory is a vibrant region and our Government is investing in its continued growth.
“Councils will play a significant role in managing these projects, ensuring these bridges can continue to contribute to productivity and community access,” Senator Scullion said.
The Australian Government has committed $114 million under Round One of the programme, with a total commitment of $300 million over five years from 2014-15 for the entire programme.
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