Work is under way once more at Terrabella Bridge, south of Dubbo, to provide better links for the regional community by replacing the existing timber bridge with a concrete one.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the NSW Government has committed more than $3.17 million to the project, including $2,716,000 from the Fixing Country Roads Program, and $454,000 from the Fixing Country Bridges Program.
“On top of easing the financial burden on councils, programs like these allow us to deliver projects sooner, and have supported more than 900 local jobs in NSW regional communities at a time when they’re needed most,” Mr Saunders said.
“Terrabella is one of four bridges being replaced across the Dubbo electorate, but work had to be paused as Dubbo Regional Council staff played a huge role in our COVID response.
“The replacement bridge will be about 2.8 metres higher than the old structure, allowing better vehicle access across the Little River during minor flooding, and ensuring the community is connected.”
Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the $4.37 million project is a great example of all levels of Government working together to invest in key regional infrastructure.
“It’s great to see work progressing on Terrabella Bridge again after it was paused due to COVID-19,” Mr Gee said.
“The new bridge will safely connect the community and make it more efficient to move local farm produce around the region.
“The crossing will be safer and stronger and the increased load limit of 68 tonnes will be a huge benefit to farmers transporting grain.
“Farmers, locals, and visitors road-tripping around the region, will love it.”
The Australian Government’s Bridge Renewal Program has contributed $700,000, and Dubbo Regional Council, which is delivering the project, has invested $500,000.