Echuca-Moama bridge enjoys Federal funding
The 2017-18 Federal Budget has been described as a big win for the Murray electorate by Federal Member Damian Drum.
Among the funding for the region is $97 million for the new Echuca-Moama bridge, which has a total estimated price tag of $280 million.
More than half a billion dollars in funding will flow to new and improved road, rail and bridge infrastructure in the Murray electorate by 2022, as outlined by Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester in a visit to the region.
Mr Chester joined Mr Drum in inspecting ongoing works at the site of the new EchucaMoama Bridge, described as “one of the centrepieces of the Australian Government’s Victorian infrastructure investment”.
The 2017-18 Federal Budget provided funding for the start of works this financial year on several big ticket projects for the region including a $10 million upgrade of the Murray Valley Highway from Echuca to Yarrawonga.
“We are investing $97 million in the new Echuca-Moama Bridge, and getting on with the job of building this long-awaited project. The new bridge will reduce travel times, and open up new opportunities for communities, businesses and people on both sides of the border,” Mr Chester said.
“This is in addition to projects the Coalition Government is investing in the region, with more than $572 million to be spent on new or upgraded highways, local roads, bridges and rail projects across northern Victoria.”
Mr Drum said the works on the new Echuca-Moama Bridge symbolised the ‘can-do’ outlook of last week’s Federal Budget.
“The works here are just the start of the pipeline of infrastructure investment that will pour into the region,” Mr Drum said.
“The people of Echuca and Moama have been waiting decades for their new bridge. The work has started, it is fully funded, and it is delivered by the Nationals in Coalition.”