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Federal funds stumped up for bridges

Catherine MasseyBusselton Dunsborough Times
City of Busselton mayor Grant Henley and City of Busselton Community Emergency Services manager Blake Moore are pleased the vital Tuart Drive bridge, which was burnt down in March, will be replaced.
Camera IconCity of Busselton mayor Grant Henley and City of Busselton Community Emergency Services manager Blake Moore are pleased the vital Tuart Drive bridge, which was burnt down in March, will be replaced. Credit: Catherine Massey;Busselton Dunsborough Times/Picture: Catherine Massey, Catherine Massey;Busselton Dunsborough Times

The Australian Government has invested more than $290 million in South West infrastructure under round five of the Bridges Renewal Program and round seven of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity program.

The funding will see five projects in the region receiving almost $4.7 million.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the timing couldn’t have been better. “This vital funding will fast-track high-priority infrastructure projects, providing a much-needed boost to local jobs and the economy,” she said.

Works will include a replacement of the Tuart Drive bridge which was destroyed by fire in March this year, a replacement of bridge 3275 on Upper Capel Road, as well as replacing Kaloorup Road bridge and Boallia Road bridge with culverts.

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The funding includes $2 million for a replacement of Bussell Highway’s Tren Creek bridge.

Mrs Marino said the infrastructure investment would provide reliable work for local construction companies and more cash flowing through struggling local businesses and communities.

City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley welcomed the funding for Tuart Drive which was an important entry and exit point to Busselton, and a well-known scenic drive.

“This is excellent news for the City of Busselton. Closure of the bridge has been a significant disruption for residents and visitors and we’re pleased to see this funding support from the Australian Government,” he said.

“This contribution ... will go a long way to reinstating this important community asset which was so shamelessly destroyed.”

For more information, visit www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges and www.infrastructure. gov.au/hvspp.

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