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Funding for Thomson River bridge.

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Media Statement

Hon John Anderson MP

Minister for Transport and Regional Services.


28 October 1998 



Federal Transport and Regional Services Minister, John Anderson, today confirmed funding for the $24 million Thomso n River bridge in Longreach, would be provided over the next two years.

Mr Anderson made a first hand inspection of the Landsborough Highway crossing of the Thomson River, while visiting Longreach today, with the State Member for Gregory, Mr Vaughan Johnson.

"Work will commence in 1999 and be finished within two years," Mr. Anderson said.

"This will end the unacceptable delays and inconvenience local people have to put up with and will also greatly assist the long distance freight and tourist industries by providing a more reliable corridor.

"The new bridge will be part of a seven kilometre deviation from the existing route and, as well as the main structure, there will be fifteen other bridges and culverts over the river’s flood channels.

"This bridge represents a major contribution by the Federal Government to the development of this part of regional Australia.

"As part of the expanded responsibilities of my new portfolio, I want to develop a range of measures to reduce the effects of isolation on the people in remote and rural Australia.

"I will be seeking a meeting in the near future with my Queensland counterpart, Stephen Bredhauer, to develop ways of working together to this end."

Mr Anderson said he was pleased at the level of community involvement in the new bridge. As Minister, he was anxious to see the widest possible consultation of the community where Commonwealth road works were concerned.

"The Commonwealth is also providing $1.2 million for the current upgrade of Duck St, in Longreach, which were being undertaken by the Longreach Shire Council, greatly improving the flow and safety of traffic through the town," Mr. Anderson said.

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