DAN TEHAN MP
MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR WANNON

NEW FUNDING FOR BRIDGES

March 17, 2020

Wannon could soon benefit from better bridges and freight roads with applications now open for Round 5 of the Morrison Government’s Bridges Renewal Program (BRP) and Round 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP).

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said Local Councils and State Governments were encouraged to apply for their share of $300 million of funding under the two programs.

“Efficient freight networks are critical to the national economy and this funding forms part of the Morrison Government’s commitment to keeping heavy vehicle drivers’ safe and improving our road network,” said Mr Tehan.

“Under these programs, proponents have the opportunity to seek funding of up to 50 per cent of project costs for up to five projects.

“Making sure ageing bridges and roads are maintained - is just another part of our plan to invest in the region’s road safety and help get people home sooner and safer,” Mr Tehan said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said communities affected by the recent bushfires would be assessed as a priority.

“It’s been an incredibly difficult start to the year for so many of our regional communities, particularly those suffering from drought and bushfires,” Mr McCormack said.

“Many bridges and roads were damaged in the fires, which is why we will continue to work closely with Local Councils and State and Territory Governments to prioritise and fast-track projects which can be delivered quickly.

“But of course, these funding rounds are open to all areas – both city and country – and we’d like to see applications from right across the nation.

“No matter where you live, the Morrison Government is investing in our road infrastructure to help Australians reach their destinations sooner and safer.”

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said new infrastructure projects means jobs.

“It means more people are spending money in local shops and cafés which will provide a huge boost to bushfire-affected economies and also those struggling through drought,” Mr Buchholz said.

“This is why we increased annual funding for Bridges Renewal and HVSPP by a combined $50 million in the last Federal Budget.”

For application forms and details about the programs visit:

www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges

www.infrastructure.gov.au/hvspp

The Morrison Government is providing $640 million to the Bridges Renewal Program from 2015-16 to 2022-23, with an on-going commitment of $85 million each year following and $508 million to the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP) from 2013-14 to 2022-23 financial year.

This announcement forms part of the Government’s nation-building $100 billion pipelines of infrastructure projects busting congestion and getting Australians home safely.

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