Media Release – Bridges Renewal Programme Round 3 $1.87m approved for Wide Bay Burnett bridge upgrades


Percy Hindmarsh

Bundaberg and North Burnett regional councils will benefit from $1.87m federal funding to rebuild or improve two strategic bridges under Round Three of the Commonwealth Bridges Renewal Programme.

The two local projects are the Percy Hindmarsh Bridge in the North Burnett and the Smith Creek Bridge in Bundaberg region.

The Smiths Creek Bridge on Bucca Road is an ageing one-lane piece of infrastructure, on what’s known as a “road of regional significance”, given the road’s importance as a detour route when Mt Perry Road is cut through flooding or other significant events.

The $900,000 grant will replace and widen the timber bridge with a two-lane concrete culvert increasing
the load limit from 16 tonnes to 166 tonnes. This will extend the useful life allowing for improved
community access, heavy vehicle access, safety, and the removal of a potential 26km detour if bridge fails
or load restrictions are further reduced.

The Percy Hindmarsh Bridge on Glencoe Road, Rawbelle, Monto, in the North Burnett is also a crucial piece
of connecting infrastructure.

It plays an integral role in supply chains for the region’s growing beef cattle industry. The bridge was
washed away in Queensland’s devastating Tropical Cyclone Debbie event. The aftermath resulted in
community members being isolated. Producers were unable to access properties and were forced to take
lengthy and inconvenient detours to reach essential services.

The $974,413 grant will replace and widen a single lane concrete bridge increasing the load limit from 40
tonnes to 80 tonnes, extending the useful life by 50 years allowing for improved community access
(including during flooding events), heavy vehicle access, safety, and the removal of a potential 78km detour
if bridge fails or load restrictions are further reduced.

North Burnett Deputy Mayor Faye Whelan thanked the Australian Government for this important funding
and acknowledged that the project will assist with increasing accessibility and safety.

The Federal Government is investing $162 million to improve 189 bridges this funding round, delivering
much-needed economic and safety benefits to communities across Australia.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the bridges renewal program gives
local, state and territory governments the support they need to replace and upgrade key bridges.

“The upgrade of these bridges will improve driving conditions for residents and local freight operators, by
delivering safer and more productive bridges that are fit-for purpose,” Minister Chester said.

Details of Wide Bay successful projects:

Council Name Project Name Project Description Federal contribution Total Project
Bundaberg Regional Council Smiths Creek Bridge Replacement Replace and widen a one lane timber bridge with a two lane concrete culvert increasing the load limit from 16T to 166t extending the useful life allowing for improved community access, heavy vehicle access, safety, and the removal of a potential 26km detour if bridge fails or load restrictions are further reduced. $900,000 $1,800,000
North Burnett
Regional Council
Percy Hindmarsh
Bridge
Replacement
Replace and widen a single lane concrete bridge increasing the load limit from 40T to 80T, extending the useful life by 50 years allowing for improved community access (including during flooding events), heavy vehicle access, safety, and the removal of a potential 78km detour if bridge fails or load restrictions are further reduced. $974,413 $1,948,825

This new funding is in addition to the $216 million already committed under the first two rounds of the
program, which has seen 201 bridge projects being upgraded or completed.

The upgrade of these bridges will improve driving conditions for residents and local freight operators, by
delivering safer and more productive bridges that are fit-for-purpose.

More on the Bridges Renewal Programme, including a full list of successful Round Three projects and
details on the application process, is available online at: www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges

For further information or for comment please contact RDA WBB Executive Officer Scott Rowe on
0429 881 697.