Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan today officially opened the new concrete McKees Bridge on Duck Creek Road in Old Bonalbo.
“This is great news for farmers and all local residents,” he said.
“The old bridge had a 20-tonne load which restricted local landholders from transporting timber and cattle to and from their properties, and hindered other farm deliveries. The new concrete bridge means the load restriction has been lifted, creating a quicker and safer route for farming businesses and local residents.”
“It is one of seven bridges for which Kyogle Council received dollar-for-dollar funding through Round Two of the Bridge Renewal Programme.
“It has been officially named McKees Bridge in honour of a family that has lived in the region for over a century and pioneered development of the Duck Creek Valley.
“This project was jointly funded by the Government’s Bridges Renewal programme and Kyogle Council to replace an old timber bridge built all the way back in 1929.”
Kyogle Council Mayor Danielle Mulholland said Council hoped to deliver the other six bridges on Gradys Creek and Lions roads by August 2017.
“Kyogle Council faces a battle to maintain its ageing timber bridge network and is grateful to the Australian Government for the Bridges Renewal Programme funding,” Cr Mulholland said.