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Improved access to Goulburn River crossing

Two roads on the alternate route around Kirwans Bridge will be sealed to allowed improved access for vehicles.

Strathbogie Shire Council has allocated $502,200 in funding from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications to seal 2.6km of Weir and Reidy Lake roads after the Kirwans Bridge load limit was reduced to three tonnes on March 31, 2021.

Earlier this year, Council announced it would seek funding to seal these roads after the tough decision to reduce the load limit to ensure the preservation of the historic bridge, first opened in 1890.

Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Cr Chris Raeburn said Council appreciated travelling on the alternative route added about 5.7km to the centre of Nagambie.

“We know this could be classed as tiresome, but this action has been taken in the spirit of the bridge and community safety,” Cr Raeburn said.

“Having the addition of sealed roads on the alternative route will go a long way to improving travel for larger vehicles.”

Cr Raeburn said Council was also calling on interested members of the community to join a community panel to decide the best future use of the bridge.

“We understand it’s important and we want to work with those affected to broaden our thinking and ensure we’re solving problems togethers,” he said.

“If you’re interested visit our engagement platform to fill out and Expression of Interest.”

The EOI period opened on May 5 and will close at 5pm on June 2, 2021.

Council received a total of $1,243,110 in funding, which will be allocated to road sealing around Kirwans Bridge, a new pedestrian bridge at the Rockies in Euroa and upgraded equipment across the Shire’s four outdoor swimming pool facilities in Violet Town, Avenel, Euroa and Nagambie.

Federal Member for Nicholls Damian Drum said the Federal Government had approved funding of $10.6 million for Local Road and Community Infrastructure projects in Nicholls to date.

“I am pleased that Strathbogie Shire Council is using just over $500,000 of its Local Road and Community Infrastructure funding from the Federal Government on sealing Weir and Reidy Lake roads,” he said.

“Getting shovels in the ground on local construction projects is important for maintaining jobs and economic growth in region, particularly as we emerge from COVID-19.”

The works will begin in mid-2021 and are expected to be completed by the end of this year.


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