May 29, 2010

Wallace Creek bridge opens in Bundaberg

Wallace Creek bridge opens in Bundaberg

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 29 2010

The distance between Burnett Heads and the Bundaberg Port Marina precinct has effectively been halved following today’s official opening of the new bridge over Wallace Creek.

Queensland Senator John Hogg, representing the Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese, joined with the local community to celebrate the completion of this important piece of new infrastructure for the City of Bundaberg.

“The new bridge cuts travel time between the Port and Burnett Heads by some 85 per cent and completes a scenic walking path along the foreshore,” said Senator Hogg.

“As part as improving the flow of traffic around the city, this new bridge will encourage more visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the foreshore and create new commercial opportunities for local businesses.”

The $7.35 million project received funding from the Rudd and Bligh Labor governments as well as the Bundaberg Regional Council. The funding has delivered a new five-span bridge with three-metre footpaths and a kilometre of new road to the Port.

Mr Albanese said the project was a great example of the three tiers of government working together with industry to build infrastructure that the local community needs for the future.

“Together with the other levels of government, as well as the nation’s councils, we’re building the transport infrastructure that will help make our economy more productive, our regions more prosperous and our cities more sustainable,” said Mr Albanese.

“Our Nation Building Program has funded valuable projects like this one right across the nation delivering a transport to meet the demands of the 21st century.

“These projects are supporting local jobs and local communities, still feeling the effects of the global recession, and are literally laying the foundations for a stronger future.”