Lismore City Council has received a State Government grant of almost $10 million to replace ageing timber bridges across the Local Government Area – many would say ‘about time’.
Lismore City Mayor Vanessa Ekins welcomed the funding announcement. ‘This State Government grant to fund the replacement of ten of our ageing wooden bridges with concrete structures is great news for our community.
‘Even though I am sad to see the old timber bridges go as they have so much history and character, these bridges are important access routes for local farming families and link our villages to allow residents to easily and safe travel to their jobs, schools and hospitals.’
The bridges that will be replaced are Sexton Bridge at Monaltrie, Tucki Bridge at Marom Creek, Bungabbee Bridge at Bungabbee, Town Bridge at Terania Creek, Walsh Bridge at Blakebrook, Boomerang Bridge at Corndale, Greens Bridge at Nimbin, Ridgewood Bridge at Rosebank, Dudgeon Bridge at Keerrong and Henson Bridge at Nimbin.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Government had accelerated funding for the program with more than $290 million shared across 54 councils in round one.
‘That’s hundreds of fast-tracked projects that will start across the state in the next 12 months, helping councils to create and support jobs, drive productivity and keep our regional communities connected.’