Fixing Country Bridges Program
Bridges play a vital role in regional NSW, supporting growth and development, as well as providing access to critical services. These benefits and connections stimulate the economy and promote the social wellbeing of our communities.
Better bridges mean improved access to schools, towns, hospitals and jobs, increased efficiencies for our primary producers, easier movement of freight and better outcomes for road safety in regional and rural communities. The Program is also helping to build a transport network that is more resilient to natural disasters and provide more reliable connections.
The Program aims to reduce the maintenance and renewal burden for councils on hundreds of timber bridges in regional and rural NSW.
In addition to providing community benefits, the Program is injecting much needed funds into local economies and increasing local employment opportunities.
The NSW Government Fixing Country Bridges Program, together with the Fixing Local Roads Program will contribute $1 billion to support local government to manage their respective road and timber bridge assets that provide major benefits to the local communities.
Round 1 has secured over $330 million in funding for 53 councils to replace 414 timber bridges.
Please note: Transport for NSW has extended the delivery timeframes for all Round 1 projects under the Fixing Country Bridges Program.
Department of Primary Industries (DPI) – Fisheries permit applications update
Under Round 1, Transport for NSW and DPI Fisheries streamlined the approvals process for project permit applications through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to prevent obstruction to fish passage and damage to fish habitat. This MoU was established to support the large volume of permits requiring approval prior to July 2022 to meet successful project start of construction requirements within the program guidelines.
The MoU has been extended to enable DPI Fisheries permit applications to be finalised for Round 1 projects until 30 April 2023. After this date, the arrangement between Transport for NSW and DPI Fisheries will end and councils will be required to lodge and pay for their required permits directly to DPI Fisheries.
Councils can access the DPI Fisheries’ Council and Developer Toolkit for current permit application forms.
A preliminary round of funded projects (Round 2A) based on applications received for Round 2 of the Program has been announced.
$49.25 million has been awarded to replace 34 timber bridges with concrete bridges across 21 Local Government Areas (LGA).
All remaining eligible projects submitted in Round 2 were considered under Round 2B, which will be the final round of projects funded under the Program.
Under Round 2B, $75.73 million is being allocated to 53 successful projects in 19 eligible local government bodies.
With the announcement of this final round, $500 million has now been allocated to support and deliver this legacy program of regional infrastructure.
The Fixing Country Bridges Program is now on track to replace over 500 bridges across 58 eligible local government bodies across the life of the Program.
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- 22 July 2022 - 34 local bridge upgrades boost access across regions
- 1 November 2021 - Bungabbee Bridge upgrade completed
- 14 October 2021 - More cash to build better bridges in the bush
- 30 September 2021 - Lake Macquarie local roads boost
- 10 September 2021 - Bridge building blitz for Dungog Shire
- 11 February 2021 - New bridge to better connect Awaba
- 5 February 2021 - Replacing bridges to better connect regional NSW
- 21 August 2020 - Applications now open to fix country bridges
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