Minister For Regional Development, Local Government and Territories
Federal Member for Eden-Monaro

Chief Government Whip in The Senate
Senator for Tasmania



The Albanese Government continues to invest in improving regional road networks, with 31 projects across the country to share in $38 million under the latest round of the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program.

West Coast Council and Waratah-Wynyard Council will receive significant funding under the latest round of the program.

The funding will support the replacement of the Mount Hicks Road Bridge in Wynyard and the Tramway Street Bridge in Queenstown and will improve access for local communities and commercial vehicles.

Applications for BRP funding are accepted all year round from state, territory and local governments to provide flexibility and allow projects to be submitted when they will most benefit the community.

The Mount Hicks Road Bridge project will see the culvert system bridge on Mount Hicks Road replaced with a concrete bridge. The total cost of the project is $572,815 with the Australian Government committed to providing $458,252.

Replacement of the existing one-lane bridge over Conglomerate Creek tributary on Tramway Street, Queenstown with a modern one-lane structure will have a total project cost of $212,750 with a $170,200 contribution from the Australian Government.

For more information on the BRP, visit:

Quotes attributable to Anne Urquhart, Senator for Tasmania:

“This funding for the Mount Hicks Road bridge and the bridge over Conglomerate Creek in Queenstown, is essential to assist Local Government to replace or improve older bridges in their municipalities. This is all part of Building a Better Braddon.

“Investment in projects like this is vital to back businesses and local economies while improving liveability for communities.

“It will also support much-needed jobs during construction – and I look forward to our region reaping the benefits.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, and Member for Eden-Monaro, the Hon Kristy McBain MP:

“Bridges are vital infrastructure in so many of our regional communities, and are critical access points that link businesses to markets and locals to family, friends and services.

“That’s why we’re investing up to $85 million per year through the Bridges Renewal Program to upgrade and replace aging infrastructure, ensuring bridges are ready for today’s demands and tomorrow’s growth.

“This will improve the safety of our road networks, better connect communities, and reduce freight costs for businesses by ensuring that bigger and more productive vehicles can safely cross.”


Tuesday 28 March 2023

Media Contacts:
Senator Urquhart: Susan Wallace 0418 372 198
Minister McBain: Blake Danilczak, 0497 204 267