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Council welcomes $60 million bridge funding

Council welcomes $60 million bridge funding

Swan Hill Rural City Council has welcomed the Federal Government’s $60 million contribution to a new Swan Hill bridge.

Mayor Ann Young said the Swan Hill region had been a winner from this week’s Federal budget.

“The Federal Government has already invested heavily in our region, and this bridge funding is the icing on the cake. While it came as a bit of a surprise, we are so thankful,” she said.

“The bridge has been a long term aspiration of our community, and this funding will help us achieve a new bridge much sooner.”

Cr Young said Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack saw the bridge firsthand when he visited Swan Hill to announce the Our Region, Our Rivers infrastructure funding last month.

“We took him to the bridge, Councillors told him about its history and he was able to see for himself the dire condition it is in,” she said.

There are still many steps to take before a new bridge is built.

The Swan Hill and Murray River councils have formed a joint working group to discuss new bridge locations. They are currently considering building next to the existing bridge, and then removing the old structure.

Swan Hill and Murray River council representatives – including Councillor Les McPhee – met with NSW Roads and Maritime Services on Tuesday to discuss bridge heritage controls.

“We had a constructive meeting and expressed our desire to have controls on the Swan Hill bridge removed, and controls on the Tooleybuc bridge strengthened,” Cr McPhee said.