$6 mil­lion bridge fi­nally built just out­side Mo­ran­bah

Central and North Rural Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

A NEW $6 mil­lion bridge over Cher­well Creek, south of Mo­ran­bah, is now com­plete, im­prov­ing flood im­mu­nity, pro­duc­tiv­ity and driver safety.

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port, Dar­ren Ch­ester said con­struc­tion of the new bridge had been funded un­der the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s pop­u­lar Bridges Re­newal Pro­gram, along with fund­ing from Isaac Re­gional Coun­cil and BHP Bil­li­ton Mit­subishi Al­liance (BMA).

“Our Bridges Re­newal Pro­gram is help­ing to build better, safer bridges around the na­tion,” Mr Ch­ester said.

“Round Three projects have just been an­nounced, con­tin­u­ing our agenda of up­grad­ing and re­pair­ing bridges to im­prove access for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and fa­cil­i­tate higher pro­duc­tiv­ity ve­hi­cle access.

“We have com­mit­ted $420 mil­lion to the pro­gram from 2015–16 to 2020–21, which will be used in con­junc­tion with fund­ing from Coun­cils and State au­thor­i­ties to fix and re­place hun­dreds of bridges around the na­tion.”

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Capri­cor­nia, Michelle Landry said the Cher­well Creek bridge was a great ex­am­ple of Com­mon­wealth fund­ing flow­ing through to where it was most needed.

“I’m proud to have fought for this project, with the end re­sult be­ing $2.75 mil­lion in fund­ing from the Gov­ern­ment to help re­place the old Cher­well Creek bridge with a higher, wider and far more flood-re­sis­tant struc­ture. What that money has helped de­liver is a new two-lane con­crete bridge and better ap­proaches to the bridge, as well as a bridge deck which is seven me­tres higher and able to re­sist one-in-100-year flood events,” Ms Landry said.

Isaac Re­gional Mayor Anne Baker said the project would im­prove traf­fic flow as well as road safety.

“Af­ter some de­lays due to Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie, mo­torists driv­ing be­tween Mo­ran­bah and Dysart or ac­cess­ing the sur­round­ing mines will now ben­e­fit from a safer, more ef­fi­cient cross­ing. The project con­trac­tors used many lo­cal and re­gional busi­nesses which in turn helped drive Isaac’s econ­omy. This in­cludes 1100 cu­bic me­tres of con­crete and 6000 cu­bic me­tres of gravel from a lo­cal busi­ness in Mo­ran­bah,” Cr Baker said.

BMA As­set Pres­i­dent Rag Udd said the bridge up­grade was good news for the re­gion.

“It keeps our com­mu­ni­ties con­nected, peo­ple safe and op­er­a­tions pro­duc­tive – an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of work­ing to­gether to build the re­gion,” Mr Udd said.

The Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment pro­vided $2.75 mil­lion to­wards the $6 mil­lion project. Isaac Re­gional Coun­cil pro­vided the remaining fund­ing in­clud­ing $1 mil­lion from BHP Bil­li­ton Mit­subishi Al­liance.

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