Local Donnybrook Bridge to be upgraded

The Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup has received funding under Round Two of the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme to support vital upgrades of local bridge infrastructure.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the Bridges Renewal Programme underpins the Government’s support for local bridges, which are vital in ensuring communities and local businesses have easy access to essential services, traffic movement and the efficient transportation of road freight.

The project will be managed by the Shire, and involves replacing a one lane timber bridge with a two lane concrete bridge over the Preston River on Trevena Road. The Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme will contribute $750,000 to the project, which is expected to cost a total of $1.5 million.

“The Bridges Renewal Programme is designed to bolster the productivity of Australia’s local bridges, and give councils the support they need to better serve communities and drive greater efficiency in road freight and traffic movement ” Mrs Marino said.

“It is clear that Council has thought seriously about how well their proposal addresses the objectives of the Programme and has taken the time to consult with local community and industry on their needs and priorities.

“These upgrades mean the local communities will have access to safer and more reliable road access.”

More on the Bridges Renewal Programme is available online at www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges.