Road safety across the Nicholls electorate will be greatly improved courtesy of $6.7 million in Federal Government funding that will be spent on upgrading bridges and improving the productivity and safety for heavy vehicle operations.

Eleven projects in Nicholls will receive a share of more than $290 million in Federal Government funding under Round 5 of the Bridges Renewal Program (BRP) and Round 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP).

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the timing couldn’t be better to see funding flow to deliver better and safer bridges, and freight roads in Nicholls.

“This vital funding will allow communities right across the country to fast-track their highest-priority infrastructure projects, providing a much-needed boost to local jobs and the economy,” Mr Drum said.

“I am pleased to see 11 projects across Nicholls will receive a total of $6.76 million to do exactly that at a time where it couldn’t be needed more. (Please see below for the full list of projects.)

“Every single local job we support in Nicholls by investing in infrastructure projects means one less worry for another Australian and their family, reliable work on the books for local construction companies, and more cash flowing through local businesses and communities doing it tough.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said these latest funding rounds would support 350 projects across Australia.

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

“With nearly 80 per cent of this funding going to local councils, the outcome of these rounds will support local workers, households and businesses through a difficult time, and position the Australian economy for a strong recovery.

“By improving our road network this funding will also help keep people safe on our roads while making key freight routes more efficient, delivering long-term benefits to drivers, businesses and local communities.

“This includes our truckies, who form an essential part of the backbone of our national economy and have been working tirelessly during COVID-19 to keep shelves stocked, hospitals supplied and the economy moving.

“Now more than ever, the continued roll out of road infrastructure projects is important to support local jobs, underpin economic growth and ensure all Australians can reach their destinations sooner and safer and communities can rest assured that’s exactly what our Government is doing.”

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz, said half of this funding would benefit communities impacted by the ongoing drought and earlier bushfire events.

“Almost $147 million in funding through these rounds will go to councils affected by bushfires, drought or both – providing secure work for local construction contractors and businesses that have felt the cumulative impact of these events, and now COVID-19, while delivering lasting infrastructure that will benefit the region for years to come,” Mr Buchholz said.

“This includes livestock transport industry projects that will directly support communities currently impacted by drought, being funded under Round 7 of the HVSPP.

“Round 5 of the BRP also provides an opportunity for many councils to begin the process of replacing or upgrading bridges damaged in bushfire events, both rounds demonstrating our steadfast commitment to continue to stand side by side with these communities doing it particularly tough.

“Already more than 500 projects funded through the BRP and HVSPP across the country have either been completed or are well underway and I look forward to getting shovels in the ground on these next projects.”

Project name Description / Benefits Funding Council / Shire Program
Welsford St stage 4 upgrade Upgrade of intersection $1,446,780 Greater Shepparton HVP
Andrew Fairley Ave – Lockwood Rd – Old Dookie Rd Signalisation of intersection $959,800 Greater Shepparton HVP
Wheeler St – New Dookie Rd Signalisation of intersection $835,000 Greater Shepparton HVP
Florence St – Midland Hwy Construction of a slip lane $745,817 Greater Shepparton HVP
Watt Rd Bridge Remediation works $742,000 Greater Shepparton BRP
Wrights Bridge New higher capacity bridge $658,973 Moira BRP
Nagambie-Locksley Rd Bridge #66 – Charles Creek Crossing Bridge upgrade will provide sustainable, safe transport for local poultry industry $600,000 Strathbogie BRP
Finlay Rd Pavement strengthening and rehabilitation $387,250 Campaspe HVP
Corop-Wanalta Rd Pavement strengthening and rehabilitation $216,250 Campaspe HVP
Watsons Bridge Paint steelwork, test for concrete carbonation, update signage, replace bearing pads $100,000 Campaspe BRP
Quirks Bridge Installation bridge safety barriers and signage $70,000 Campaspe BRP


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