Funding to replace timber bridges across regional NSW
Applications are now open for a $500 million program that will replace hundreds of timber bridges across regional NSW.
The Fixing Country Bridges program will provide funding to councils to replace timber bridges that are in poor condition.
The program aims to reduce maintenance for councils and improve accessibility for local communities.
Maintenance of deteriorating timber bridges is one of the largest ongoing costs to councils across regional NSW.
Councils currently maintain 1800 timber bridges. Some of the bridges are over 100 years old.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the program promises to be a game-changer for councils struggling with bridge maintenance and assets.
“The program will also be a game-changer for the communities these bridges service, improving community connections to schools, towns and jobs,” Mr Toole said.
Applications for the Fixing Country Bridges program will close on Thursday 24 September 2020.