Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the Federal Government has funded the replacement of nearly 20 bridges in Kyogle so far costing more than $10 million, with today’s announcement of grants for another three bridges.
The Federal Government is funding half of this amount with the council making up the difference.
The three new bridges in Kyogle which will receive funding totalling more than $1 million are Afterlee Road Bridge, Hanleys Bridge on Culmaran Creek Road and Mulcahys Bridge on Needhams Road.
“This is a terrific outcome for the community,” Mr Hogan said.
“These bridges are used by school buses, residents, tourists and are the “first mile” for farmers trying to get their produce to consumers.
“The replacement of these ageing wooden bridges with concrete structures will provide residents with safer and more reliable road access.
“And as we also saw in the recent floods across the Northern Rivers, easy access for emergency vehicles is crucial to saving people’s lives.”
Kyogle Council will match the funding.
Kyogle mayor Danielle Mullholland said the council was delighted to receive the Federal Government grant.
“These three bridges will improve connectivity and transport options for the community,” she said.
“Our partnership with the Federal Government is continuing to bear fruit for the benefit of the community and we look forward to continuing to partner with them in the future.
Other wooden bridges in Kyogle that have received Federal Government funding include Minnies Bridge, Barretts Bridge, six bridges on Gradys Creek Road and Daleys Bridge which opened yesterday.