Shire welcomes Federal funds to rebuild bridges
Two bridges in the Shire of Williams will receive a $5 million makeover after a prompt decision by the Federal Government.
It comes as Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson and Federal Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Darren Chester agreed the need to rebuild both bridges and redevelop the road connecting them was a matter of urgency.
Mr Chester acknowledged the structures needed swift action at a meeting with Mr Wilson in Canberra this week and agreed to allocate funding through the Bridges Renewal Program.
Mr Wilson said it was a great result, not only for the Shire of Williams but for the entire Great Southern and Wheatbelt, given the bridges served as a key transport link to the metropolitan area.
“The heavy rainfall and flooding in February caused a fair bit of damage to one of the bridges in particular, which is 80 years old and supported by props,” he said.
“Another event like that could easily have damaged the bridge beyond repair and disrupted traffic on Albany Highway for an extended period.
“We need to get this project completed as soon as possible and I’m grateful the minister has made it a priority for the Government.”
Williams Shire president John Cowcher said he was thrilled the Commonwealth Government would invest $5 million in the renewal of Bridges 24 and 25 in the Williams townsite.
“This investment in essential public assets is critical to the economic and social development of the Wheatbelt, Great Southern and Goldfields-Esperance regions,” he said. “The Shire of Williams thanks the Commonwealth Government for its commitment and Rick Wilson for his support of the project.
“It now looks forward to the State Government announcing its financial contribution and the project proceeding.”
Two Shire of Williams bridges will benefit from $5 million in Federal funding.