Local MP Sussan Ley has unveiled over $9 million in new road and bridge funding set to get underway in Farrer over the next 12 months.

Key among the local spend* is a joint $5 million NSW/Commonwealth bridge project south of Griffith, continuing a series of major collaborative works to the south and east of the city.

The work, replacing North Kooba Bridge on Kidman Way, will replace the outdated Benerembah Channel crossing midway between Griffith and Darlington Point.

According to Ms Ley, this is all about improving the safety on an increasingly busy freight route, with a large number of heavy vehicles mixing more frequently with local and visiting drivers.

“$2.48m from the Morrison Government is being matched by NSW and means planning for the work can get underway almost immediately.”

Another $2m has been committed for two projects in Hay Shire, including construction of a replacement crossing for Nimmie Creek, just south of Maude, and a new bridge over Sandy Creek on Nap Nap Road.

A section of Maude Road to the south will also be sealed with $792k allocated for Edward River Council.

Other sites include replacements of the Yarrein Creek Bridge on Moulamein/Swan Hill Rd and the Jimaringle Creek timber bridge on Rangemore Road (pictured).

In Greater Hume the Wantagong Straight bridges on Jingellic Road will strengthened to allow heavier traffic, in addition to resealing a 1.9km section of the Culcairn-Holbrook Rd at Morven.

Another bridge (Billabong Anabranch) will be replaced on Federation Way near the Oaklands turnoff toward Urana, as well as improvements to the livestock load-handling facilities at Finley Saleyards.

“The timing of these projects couldn’t be better and allows local councils to fast-track their highest-priority infrastructure projects, providing local jobs and boosting the economy, while build safer bridges and transport routes through Farrer,” Ms Ley said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the latest rounds of the Bridges Renewal Program and Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program would support 350 projects across the nation.

“I am pleased to deliver more than $290 million in funding to more than 350 projects nationwide, which will upgrade and replace bridges which have been damaged or are deteriorating and improve key heavy vehicle infrastructure.”

*Farrer projects listed below

Yarrein Creek Bridge Bridge Replacement $800,000 Bridges Renewal Program R5 – Council
Replacement Bridge Over Sandy Creek Replacement of timber bridge over Sandy Creek on Nap Nap Road $375,000 Bridges Renewal Program R5 – Council
Jimaringle Creek Bridge Replace existing timber bridge with bridged designed to current Bridge Code, SM1600 loading $450,000 Bridges Renewal Program R5 – Council
Wantagong Straight – 5 Bridges – Jingellic Road Strengthen and widen bridges to allow HML vehicles $926,282 Bridges Renewal Program R5 – Council
Replacement Bridge Structures on MR319 Maude South Replacement of bridge and ten narrow, under capacity culvert systems on MR319 (Maude Road) $1,800,000 Bridges Renewal Program R5 – Council
Billabong Anabranch Bridge Replacement – Federation Way Replacement of an existing structurally deficient bridge $907,500 Bridges Renewal Program R5 – Council
North Kooba Bridge Replacement of North Kooba Bridge $2,479,950 Bridges Renewal Program R5 – State
Maude Road Sealing Sealing of Maude Rd (MR319) $792,392 Heavy Vehicle Program R7 – Council
Finley Saleyards – Safety Improvements Upgrading livestock loading and unloading facilities at Finley Saleyards to improve safety and productivity $281,500 Heavy Vehicle Program R7 – Council
Culcairn Holbrook Road MORVEN 19kms reconstruction $677,526 Heavy Vehicle Program R7 – Council


A list of all successful applicants is here: Bridges Renewal Program and here: Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.