Funding to ‘bridge’ the gap for rural residents

A bridge leading to some of the Wellington district’s key tourist attractions is set to be upgraded, thanks to the NSW Government’s $500 million Fixing Country Bridges program.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has today announced over $1.5 million for Dubbo Regional Council to upgrade Burrendong Bridge No. 1 on Fashions Mount Road.

“The old timber bridge has served the region well over the years, but it’s no longer fit for purpose for either the locals or visitors who frequent Fashions Mount Road,” Mr Saunders said.

“This funding will enable Council to replace the narrow, two-lane timber bridge with a much more modern structure – with increased load capacity and improved alignment on the approaches.

“It means better transport efficiency for our primary producers, and safer trips for everyone using the road.”

Dubbo Regional Council Mayor Mathew Dickerson said this is welcome support from the state government.

“This is a very busy stretch of road and as we head in to the warmer months, people will visit the lake with their large ski and fishing boats,” Councillor Dickerson said.

“This bridge will enhance the safety and amenity of this thoroughfare which is a great result for the region.”

A total of $290 million has already been awarded to councils under Round 1 of Fixing Country Bridges to replace more than 400 timber structures across 54 LGAs across the state.

Councils will have 30 days to accept the funding on offer and will deliver their projects within 30 months of signing the funding agreement.

The outcome of all other eligible applications submitted in Round 2 of the Fixing Country Bridges Program is expected to be announced towards the end of 2022.

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