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Funding secured for Shackell’s Folly Bridge

Publish Date: 19/09/2017

The Victorian Government has awarded Moira Shire Council $300,000 in bridge funding to repair and strengthen Shackell’s Folly Bridge.

Located just outside Barmah on Stewart’s Bridge Road the project cost is estimated at $767,000 - $300,000 from the Victorian Government, $417,000 from Moira Shire and the rest from private contributions by local growers.

Acting General Manager Infrastructure Graham Henderson said receiving this Local Roads to Market Program funding was extremely good news for Council.

"The demand for state and federal grant funding is extremely competitive, particularly now with the constraints of rate capping," Mr Henderson said.

"We will continue to put forward quality applications to assist with the repair and upgrade of our extensive road and bridge network that underpins our economy and community connectivity."

Mr Henderson said the current bridge was timber with a load limit of only 20 tonnes.

"This load limit restricts agriculture production transportation, particularly from Madowla Park, a major farm enterprise which uses Stewart’s Bridge Road as its connecting road to the main freight routes," he said.

"In addition, community access as well as emergency access is significantly limited due to the current state of the bridge."

The new bridge’s load limit will be unlimited and allow B-Double trucks to transport grain, stock and supplies to and from Madowla Park and other neighbouring farms.

"The project is expected to begin in February or March next year and will continue through 2018 with access restricted along Stewart’s Bridge Road during construction," Mr Henderson said.

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