Local councils and state and territory governments are encouraged to apply for funding available under Round 5 of the Bridges Renewal Program (BRP) and Round 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP).
Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said the programs presented an opportunity to deliver better and safer bridges and freight roads in Wannon.
“These two funding rounds have a combined $300 million available to help upgrade and replace damaged or deteriorating bridges and improve key heavy vehicle infrastructure,” Mr Tehan said.
“Under these programs, proponents can apply for funding of up to 50 per cent of project costs for up to five projects to a limit of $2 million per project for councils and $2.5 million per project for state and territory governments.
“This allows communities to prioritise and fast-track their highest priority infrastructure projects, providing a much-needed boost to local jobs and the economy.
“Every single job that we can support in Wannon means more money flowing across our communities at a time it is needed most.”
“We have already experienced the benefits of the BRP and HVSPP programs delivering real safety improvements in Wannon with projects like the replacement of Pollands Bridge at Moyston or the widening of the Terang-Woolsthorpe Road.
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the funding would help deliver safety enhancing projects right across Australia.
“These two important programs form part of our ongoing commitment to keep heavy vehicle drivers safe and improve our road network,” Mr Buchholz said.
“We know how critical efficient freight networks are to the national economy and indeed to all Australians, with the COVID-19 crisis showcasing just how vital the work of our freight operators is.
“I encourage local councils and state and territory governments to apply for funding under these programs by the 29 May 2020 closing date – and we’d like to see applications from right across the nation.
“Continuing to invest in road infrastructure projects is important now more than ever to support local jobs, underpin economic growth and ensure all Australians can reach their destinations sooner and safer.”
“By investing in programs like these, we are backing our hard-working truck drivers by providing them with the infrastructure they need and deserve to get around safely and efficiently.
More than 450 projects funded through the BRP and HVSPP across the country have either been completed or are well underway.