Echuca-Moama bridge en­joys Fed­eral fund­ing

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

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.”

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