16 March 2017

Round Three of the Bridges Renewal Programme now open

I am delighted to announce that Councils throughout Corangamite have the chance to get local bridges in poor condition fixed with the help of direct funding from the Federal Government.

A new round of funding under the $360 million Bridges Renewal Programme will open tomorrow (March 17, 2017).

This is a great opportunity for state, territory and local governments to apply for funding to have ageing bridges fixed, with up to half the cost met by the Australian Government.

This will be the third round of funding under the programme, which is continuing to keep communities connected and local industries profitable. Our councils can get on board by nominating local bridges that need upgrading or replacement.

Residents who would like to put forward their ideas should get in touch with their Council to find out about any plans they have to nominate local bridges, or put forward suggestions.

Better bridges improve safety for communities and keep businesses and the road freight sector powering on, delivering dollars into the pockets of local businesses and supporting jobs.

Since Bridges Renewal started in 2014-15, around $211 million has been invested in 204 projects across the nation. That’s why it is such popular programme, it helps Councils tackle big-ticket upgrades they might not otherwise be able to take on.

State, territory and local governments are eligible to apply for up to $5 million in Australian Government funding per project. That’s a significant sum of money for any organisation.

Submissions will be accepted from state, territory and local governments from tomorrow.

Nominated projects will go through a competitive merit-based selection process, with successful applicants eligible to receive up to 50 per cent of project costs, or $5m.

Proponents should discuss priorities with their local communities, industry stakeholders, Regional Development Australia committees and relevant government road agencies early in the process of compiling their proposals.

Round Three is open for applications until 15 May 2017. Guidelines and proposal forms are now available on the Bridges Renewal Programme website at: www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges

16 March 2017