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Government invests another $40 million in regional roads

The injection will be used on Bridges Renewal Program projects

The Federal Government is investing another $40 million into upgrades to bridges on regional roads to keep freight moving and supply chains open, while also creating more jobs in the regions.

An additional $10 million each year for the next four years will be injected into the Bridges Renewal Program (BRP), increasing annual funding to $95 million in a massive boost for the freight industry.

With more than 85 per cent of projects funded under the BRP located in regional Australia, the extra funding will cater to improving regional roads and keeping regional communities connected.

Projects eligible for this support include replacing and widening bridges, strengthening existing structures and upgrading floodways to bridges.

According to the Government, the extra funding will support more projects and jobs while also boosting regional industries across Australia.

“To make our country as strong as possible as quickly as possible we must support the growth of the industries that drive our economy,” deputy PM Barnaby Joyce says.

“The Federal Government recognises that many of these industries are in regional Australia, including the mining and agricultural exporting businesses that help pay for the services all Australians rely on.

“Building new bridges and upgrading existing structures will strengthen our freight network and ensure valuable commodities continue flowing to international and domestic buyers.”

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Since the BRP commenced in 2015-16, the Federal Government says it has supported 730 projects, of which 495 projects have been completed, making this extra funding vital to the future of our country’s freight networks.

“The Government’s ongoing support for the freight industry recognises its critical role in keeping the nation moving, both during the COVID-19 pandemic and recent severe weather events,” assistant minister for road safety and freight transport Scott Buchholz says.

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