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.
Major works are underway to rebuild a deteriorated section of the Princes Highway at Heywood, with the upgrade aiming to significantly improve the safety of motorists traveling along the Highway.
Minister for Housing Martin Foley has visited St Kilda’s City Gate Apartments to announce a new redevelopment project that will see the construction of 50 new units.
Funding has been announced that will see two sections of the York Merredin Road east of Perth upgraded in order to improve safety and help address a crash rate more than three times the state average.
The contract for the significant M1 and M3 upgrade between Eight Mile Plains and Rochedale South has been announced, with early works on the congestion busting project already underway.
The Australian and Victorian governments will soon invest $50 million to make the Great Ocean Road safer and more reliable.