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$5.3m to replace timber bridges

Media Release

Barwon MP and Minister for Western NSW Kevin Humphries today announced $5.3 million of funding to improve transport connectivity to the Northern Inland Freight Corridor.

Mr Humphries said the funding will help Narrabri Shire Council replace four aging timber bridges which carry significant freight traffic on Pilliga Road and Cypress Way in the Narrabri, Wee Waa, and Pilliga area.

The four bridges are the Baradine Creek Bridge at Gwabegar, Dubbo Creek Bridge on Pilliga Rd, Brigalow Creek Bridge on Pilliga Rd and Lagoon Creek Bridge on Pilliga Rd.

“These projects will help to improve travel time and road safety, and reduce road maintenance and bridge repair for the benefit of agriculture, tourism and mining, and for the community at large,” Mr Humphries said.

“Today’s investment is the latest injection of funds for Narrabri from the Resources for Regions program and fantastic news for the local community.

KH presenting Resources for Regions funding to Conrad Bolton_Lagoon Creek Bridge_Wee Waa_Feb 2015

Barwon MP Kevin Humphries presenting a cheque for $5.3 million to Narrabri Shire Council Mayor Conrad Bolton

“It brings the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s total investment in Narrabri under the program since 2011 to $23.5 million, with past funds directed to support the Narrabri Water Supply Augmentation Project, and upgrades and expansion at Narrabri Airport,” Mr Humphries said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Troy Grant said today’s announcement is a win for the region.

“Since 2011, the NSW Government has committed $217 million to Resources for Regions to support communities in regional and rural NSW experiencing pressures on their infrastructure and services as a result of mining activity.

“Projects are chosen for their capacity to help boost economic growth and productivity, ease infrastructure constraints, and support NSW communities affected by mining,” Mr Grant said.

The NSW Government will make further announcements on successful Resources for Regions projects under the latest round over the coming weeks.

For more information on Resources for Regions visit: www.insw.com