by Jessica McGrath
A South Burnett bridge will be one of 14 vital road infrastructure projects given the green light in the Maranoa region.
The K.T. Peters Bridge, which crosses over the Stuart River along River Rd at Kingaroy, will receive $30,000 for structural maintenance repairs and guard rail replacements.
This will be under Round 5 of the Bridges Renewal Program.
In their May general meeting, the South Burnett Regional Council agreed to apply for the bridges program’s fifth round to ensure the K.T. Peters bridge received an upgrade.
Maranoa member David Littleproud was excited to announce the projects that were successful in securing funding.
“This vital funding will allow communities across Maranoa to fast-track their highest priority infrastructure projects, providing a much-needed boost to local jobs and the economy,” he said.
More than $9.3 million will go towards the 14 projects in the Maranoa under the Bridges Renewal Program and round seven of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
“The Bridges Renewal Program has already delivered a number of stronger and safer bridges for residents in Maranoa, and this latest round will support five new projects to upgrade and replace damaged or deteriorating bridges,” Mr Littleproud said.
Deputy Prime Minister and minister for infrastructure, transport and regional development Michael McCormack said these latest rounds would deliver more than $290 million to support 350 projects across the nation.
“Now more than ever the continued roll out of road infrastructure projects is important to support local jobs, underpin economic growth and ensure all Australians can reach their destinations sooner and safer, and communities can rest assured that’s exactly what our Government is doing,” Mr McCormack said.
Assistant minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said 50 per cent of the funding would benefit communities impacted by the ongoing drought and earlier bushfire events.
“$146.97 million in funding through these rounds will go to councils affected by bushfires, drought or both -providing secure work for local construction contractors and businesses who have felt the cumulative impact of these events and now Covid-19 while delivering lasting infrastructure that will benefit the region for years to come,” he said.