Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan has locked in $220,000 in Coalition Government funding to replace Kyogle’s Minneys Bridge.
The old single-lane wooden truss bridge will now be replaced with a two-lane concrete structure.
“This is a great outcome for the community. I was determined to make sure the Kyogle community got this vital bridge replaced and today I can announce that has been achieved,” Mr Hogan said.
“Since the bridge’s closure in February 2014, the community has been using a riverbed detour, which is inadequate for emergency services and for our local beef and primary producers.
“The new bridge will improve access for the wider community, as well as emergency vehicles and our primary producers who account for about 24% of traffic on this section of the Clarence Way.”
Mr Hogan has worked closely with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss to source funding for the project from the Community Development Grants programme.
“Minister Truss really understands the importance of Minneys Bridge to the community and the local economy. We worked together to find a solution to this local problem and I’m very proud to have delivered on it.”
“I would also like to thank Mayor Mullholland for working with me on this. It shows that when we are united as a community, we can ensure our voice is heard in Canberra.”
The second round of the Government’s $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme will open on July 1, and will be exclusively available to local government.