Media release: Funding for bridges and freight roads welcome

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Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips MP has today welcomed more than $7.25 million in Australian Government funding for improvements to local bridges and freight roads.

Five local projects have received funding under the government’s Bridges Renewal Program and the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program in a much-needed boost to local infrastructure spending.

“Our local roads are so incredibly important, so I am always pleased to see the Australian Government investing in improvements to the safety of our community on our roads,” Fiona Phillips said.

“For months, I have been asking the government to provide more stimulus to help the South Coast recover from what has been one of our toughest years,” she said.

“Every investment in our community is great news for local people, local businesses and local jobs.” 

The South Coast community still has a long way to go in its recovery from drought, bushfire, flood and COVID-19. Local roads have been particularly hard hit by this year’s natural disasters, with the local councils struggling to rebuild local bridges and get major roads repaired quickly.

Fiona Phillips MP said more support was also urgently needed following the government’s decision to slash JobSeeker and JobKeeper payments when the community needed them most.

“We need to make sure that our councils, local communities and local businesses across the South Coast are getting the support they need, when they need it and I will continue pushing the government to make sure we don’t get left behind,” Fiona Phillips added.

The following projects have received funding:

  • $850,000 for the Garlandtown Bridge widening and approach road
  • $404,787 for the Crooked River Bridge Cathodic Protection Design and Installation
  • $2,000,000 for the South Nowra Industrial Access - Bellevue Street Upgrade
  • $2,000,000 for the South Nowra Industrial Access - Central Avenue Upgrade
  • $2,000,000 for the South Nowra Industrial Access - Sextant Street Construction.