Farmers and trucking businesses in the Upper Brisbane Valley will be able to transport heavier loads more directly following the opening of the Harry Carey Bridge in Linville today.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the new bridge will be able to carry most commercial loads; ensuring local farmers can get goods to market quickly.
"Previously, local freight operators were load limited by the single lane timber bridge. This upgrade has delivered an almost 24 metre long, two-lane, concrete bridge," Minister Nash said.
"I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and providing a good transport network for does that."
Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said he was pleased to see the Coalition Government investing in regional transport links, with today marking the official opening of six bridges.
"For a region like ours, having access to good transport links is essential, not only for reducing the travel times to major cities, but also helping us to connect with nearby towns and neighbours," Mr Wallace said.
"Harry Carey Bridge was delivered under Round 2 of the National Stronger Regions Fund, while the five remaining bridges, such as Larkhill Boundary Road in Lark Hill, were delivered through the Australian Government’s
Bridges Renewal Programme."
Mayor of Somerset Regional Council Graeme Lehmann said the Harry Carey Bridge upgrade had already paid dividends for the community by creating nine jobs during construction, and said the bridge upgrades were a boon for the community.
"Upgrades to these bridges has resulted in improved access and increased safety, delivering economic and social benefits for Somerset," Cr Lehmann said.
"Our bridges need to carry heavy loads to support our farmers and Council is committed to providing a strong rural road network for our residents and visitors."
For more information on the Federal Coalition Government’s $75 billion infrastructure investment, including the National Stronger Regions Fund and Bridges Renewal Programme, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au