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 $290 million for bridge upgrades and truck safety programs

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Over 350 projects centred around bridges and truck safety are set to share in more than $290 million in funding from the Australian Government.

This funding is part of Round 5 of the Bridges Renewal Program (BRP) and Round 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP).

According to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack, the $290 million cash injection will help to improve the productivity and safety of bridges and heavy vehicle routes nationwide, while supporting jobs and the economy.

“I am pleased to deliver more than $290 million in funding to help upgrade and replace bridges that have been damaged or are deteriorating, while improving key heavy vehicle infrastructure right across the nation,” says McCormack.

Close to 80 per cent of this funding will go to local councils. McCormack adds, “The outcome of these rounds will support local workers, households and businesses through a difficult time and position the Australian economy for a strong recovery.

“By improving our road network, this funding will also help keep people safe on our roads while making key freight routes more efficient, delivering long-term benefits to drivers, businesses and local communities.

“This includes our truckies who form an essential part of the backbone of our national economy and have been working tirelessly during COVID-19 to keep shelves stocked, hospitals supplied and the economy running.

“This is just the latest example of the funding flowing under our record $100 billion infrastructure pipeline, with the continued roll out of road infrastructure projects supporting local jobs, underpinning economic growth and making sure all Australians can reach their destinations sooner and safer.”

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz says 50 per cent of this funding will benefit communities affected by the ongoing drought and last summer’s bushfires.

“$146.97 million in funding through these rounds will go to councils affected by bushfires, drought or both, allowing them to prioritise and fast-track their highest priority infrastructure projects while supporting much-needed local jobs and the economy,” Mr Buchholz explains.

“Round 7 of the HVSPP includes livestock transport industry projects that will directly support communities currently impacted by drought, such as Longreach Regional Council in Queensland, who were successful in securing federal funding to upgrade the popular Western Queensland Livestock Exchange.

“This project will upgrade the loading and unloading ramps at the facility to improve traffic movement, providing secure work on the books of local contractors and businesses who have felt the cumulative impact of drought and now COVID-19 during construction while delivering lasting benefits to the region for years to come.”

To date, over 500 projects funded through the BRP and HVSPP have either been completed or are well underway.

For more information and a list of successful applicants, please click here for the Bridges Renewal Program and click here for the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

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