Farmers in the Blayney Shire will soon have heavy vehicle access across the Gully Swamp Bridge, south of Mandurama.
The shire has been granted $170,000 under Round 5 of the Australian Government's Bridges Renewal Program to replace the existing low-level bridge with one that will carry vehicles of all weights and sizes.
"Gully Swamp Bridge is an essential piece of infrastructure for the local community," Calare MP Andrew Gee said.
"It is a critical access point for 10 farming families to their properties as well as ensuring that RFS personnel can get to the nearby Pennsylvania/Roseberg Forest during bushfire season.
"But the current bridge is simply not adequate and is potentially dangerous."
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Blayney mayor Scott Ferguson welcomed the funding announcement.
"The current bridge prevents access for heavy vehicles to 10 farming properties, with no alternative access available," he said.
"That makes this project very valuable to some of our local residents."
The total cost of the project is anticipated to be $340,000. Blayney Shire Council will provide the balance and is currently sourcing funding under various grant programs.
The Bridges Renewal Program (BRP) is an Australian Government initiative to fund the upgrade and replacement of bridges to enhance access for local communities and facilitate higher productivity vehicle access.
As part of the Local and State Government Road Safety Package announced in the 2019-20 Budget, the Australian Government has committed an additional $25 million per year to the BRP from 2019-20.
The government will provide $640 million from the 2015-2016 financial year to the 2022-2023 financial year, with an on-going commitment of $85 million each following.
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