Queensland councils welcome bridge funding boost

Published: 14th March 2022

The peak body representing Queensland’s 77 councils has applauded the announcement today of a $40 million funding increase for the Bridges Renewal Program. 

The Federal Government has committed an annual $95 million to the Program, with a further $10 million to be made available for each of the next four years. 

Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) CEO Alison Smith said the funding boost matches one of the funding requests in the Association’s Federal Budget submission.   

"Many of the almost 3,000 bridges across Queensland’s vast local government network were built prior to 1974 and were simply not designed to cater for the large, heavy vehicles we see today,” Ms Smith said. 

“An effective and productive supply chain is only as good as its weakest link, and often older bridges are the limiting factor on limiting optimum productivity. 

"The LGAQ welcomes this increased investment in the Bridges Renewal Program, as replacing – or strengthening – bridges on key freight routes will maximise supply chain productivity, create employment, and enhance the liveability of Queensland communities.” 

“We thank the Federal Government for listening to its local counterparts in Queensland and we hope to see further requests – especially in the areas of Financial Assistance Grants, housing, local roads and community infrastructure and disaster mitigation – addressed in the Federal Budget on 29 March.”  

The Bridges Renewal Program announcement comes as many councils are assessing the damage caused by recent widespread and devasting flooding – for many, for a second time in just three months. 

“The current recovery underlines that, when it comes to bridges, roads and other local infrastructure, it is vital that councils have sufficient funding to ‘build back better’ following natural disasters,” Ms Smith said.

For more information, please contact:
Tim Cox, Communications Advisor
Phone: 0436 655 409
Local Government Association of Queensland