Two significant projects on EP which will significantly improve local infrastructure were officially opened by Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey and Federal Local Government Minister, Mark Coulton today.
The Tumby Bay stormwater project was funded under the Building Better Regions Fund Infrastructure Projects stream.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the District Council of Tumby Bay project was a significant investment in building a stronger economy and driving jobs for the long term on lower Eyre Peninsula.
“This is a fantastic project for the Tumby Bay local community, with the agriculture and mining industrial land project which received almost $2.5 million towards 1.8 kilometres of stormwater swale, incorporating a culvert and wetland retention areas,” Mr Ramsey said.
“This major development for Tumby Bay includes a levee bank and retention basins to capture redirected local stormwater and it will protect existing and allow for future expansion in residential and commercial development.
“I am also delighted to announce the District Council of Tumby Bay has completed works to increase the bridge load capacity on the Bratten Bridge on the Lipson Ungarra Road.
“This is another Federal/State jointly funded project with $800,000 from the Federal Government under the Investment Road and Rail Program.
“The improvements to the bridge will open up opportunities for improved efficiency of grain movement in the region.
“Bratten Bridge was built more than 50 years ago and was no longer capable of safely carrying the loading of modern high-productivity freight vehicles.
“Other roadworks to support the increase in freight loading, including road surface improvements, were also completed as part of the project.”
“This project will improve access for freight vehicles and agricultural machinery to create greater efficiencies and reduce transport costs for primary producers.
“This not only improves safety but will also reduce vehicle emissions.”
Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government Mark Coulton said regional communities are central to helping Australia rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, and having adequate and safe infrastructure that supports rural communities was central to that.
The project has been jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $800,000 and the South Australian Government $200,000.
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Wednesday Feb 10 2021