News Date: 14 May 2017
The new concrete Dicks Creek Road Bridge at Nanima, near Murrumbateman has been officially opened, replacing an almost 60-year-old timber bridge that was in dire need of an upgrade.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said it was time to bring Dicks Creek Road Bridge into the 21st century by replacing the single lane wooden bridge.
“This project is a good example of how the Turnbull-Joyce Government's record investment in infrastructure is flowing through to projects that are important to local communities,” Mr Chester said.
“Around the nation, our Bridges Renewal Programme is being put to great use connecting communities, improving road safety and creating jobs.”
Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said local residents welcomed the funding under the Bridges Renewal Programme Round Two to rebuild Dicks Creek Road Bridge.
“With the 1960 bridge starting to deteriorate Yass Valley Council, due to safety concerns, had to impose a 5-tonne load limit which caused significant inconvenience to residents and businesses within the area,” Senator Seselja said.
“This new bridge will improve safety and access for residents and save money for freight operators—delivering dollars into the pockets of local businesses and supporting local jobs.”
Mayor of Yass Valley Rowena Abbey said Yass Valley was like many rural councils which have a number of timber bridges, which, over many years, have deteriorated and now need to be replaced.
“In December 2016 Council adopted a Bridge Rehabilitation Program to ensure the remaining eleven bridges are replaced as soon as financially possible,” Cr Abbey said.
“On behalf of Yass Valley Council and our local residents I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to both the Federal and State Governments, this funding will prove invaluable to our community.”
The Dicks Creek Road bridge project was jointly funded with the Australian Government providing $723,000 under the Bridges Renewal Programme and the New South Wales Government contributing $723,000 under the Fixing Country Roads Program.
The Andrews Labor Government has announced that important geotechnical investigations will start shortly within the Waterways estate wetlands to enable the project to progress to its next stage.
The final 20 girders needed to build the Warrell Creek bridge are now being put in place, bringing completion of the $380 million upgrade of the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads section of the Pacific Highway one step closer.
The Western Australian Government has completed works on 15 new overtaking lanes on Great Eastern Highway in the Goldfields region.
The community of Colac has celebrated the official opening of the Bluewater Leisure Centre which will aim to provide modern health and recreation facilities set to invigorate active lifestyles in the region.
A new road linking Main North Road to residential developments east of Gawler has been given the green light, paving the way for jobs and further investment in Adelaide’s north.