As part of the Local and State Government Road Safety Package announced in the 2019-20 Budget, the Australian Government has committed an additional $25 million per year to the Bridges Renewal Program from 2019-20. The Government will provide $640 million from the 2015-2016 financial year to the 2022-2023 financial year, with an on-going commitment of $85 million each following year to upgrade and replace bridges to enhance access for local communities and facilitate higher productivity vehicle access.
Round Five now OPEN
On 17 March 2020, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Hon Michael McCormack MP, announced that Round Five of the Bridges Renewal Program is open to state, territory and local governments for proposals and will close on 29 May 2020.
In an effort to allow for a wider distribution of projects and provide greater access to necessary infrastructure upgrades, the Australian Government has opened Round Five of the Bridges Renewal Program in conjunction with Round Seven of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
Where relevant we encourage partners in the Inland Queensland Roads Action Project (IQ-RAP) to refer to the work and evidence base in the Inland Queensland Road Network Strategy and IQRNS Appendices and the national Infrastructure Priority List (page 155) to support their applications.
Please do not hesitate to contact RDA if we can assist with advice or letters of support. Given the 29 May deadline for applications, we would appreciate receiving requests for letters of support by 15 May, 2020.
We wish all local governments across the region success with their applications.