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Bridge program to improve safety for road operators says Minister

The Federal Government has announced that submissions for the third round of specialised funding under the $360 million Bridges Renewal Program are now open.

“From coast to coast, communities are getting the bridges they deserve with the help of this program. It has been a resounding success since it started in 2014-15, with $211 million invested in 204 projects across the nation under the first two rounds,” said Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester.

“Better bridges enhance safety and access for local communities, and keep local businesses and the road freight sector powering on – delivering dollars into the pockets of local businesses and supporting local jobs.

“Successful applicants can receive up to 50 per cent of the cost associated with fixing their ageing bridges, with submissions going through a competitive merit-based selection process.

“State, territory and local governments are eligible to apply for up to $5 million in Australian Government funding per project.”

According to Minister Chester, the program’s third round of funding would accept submissions from state, territory and local governments from Friday, 17 March.

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