Federal government fund bridge upgrades in the South West

A bridge on Tuart Drive in Wonnerup was destroyed by fire on March 25,2020 when a car was allegedly set on fire near the bridge and spread. Image supplied.
A bridge on Tuart Drive in Wonnerup was destroyed by fire on March 25,2020 when a car was allegedly set on fire near the bridge and spread. Image supplied.

A bridge located on Tuart Drive in Wonnerup which was destroyed by fire is set to be replaced thanks to Australian Government funding under the Bridge Renewals Program.

In May this year, three people from the Busselton area were charged by detectives after an investigation into a bridge fire which occurred in Wonnerup on March 25, 2020.

Detectives claimed a man and woman drove a Subaru Impreza to the bridge where they set fire to the car. The fire spread to the wooden bridge which was destroyed.

The bridge is one of five projects in the South West that will receive $4.69 million in funding under the federal government's program.

Forrest MP Nola Marino said the timing couldn't be better to see funding flow to deliver better, safer bridges and freight roads in the South West.

"This vital funding will fast-track high-priority infrastructure projects, providing a much-needed boost to local jobs and the economy," Mrs Marino said.

"This includes $2,000,000 to replace the Tren Creek bridge over Bussell Highway," she said.

"This also includes replacing bridge 3275 on Upper Capel Road, replacing the Tuart Drive bridge which was destroyed by fire, and replacing the Kaloorup Road bridge and Boallia Road bridge with culverts.

"Every single local job we support in the South West by investing in infrastructure projects means reliable work on the books for local construction companies and more cash flowing through local businesses and communities doing it tough."

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said these latest rounds would support 350 projects across the nation.

"With nearly 80 per cent of this funding going to local councils, the outcome of these rounds will support local workers, households and businesses through a difficult time and position the Australian economy for a strong recovery," he said.

"Now more than ever the continued roll out of road infrastructure projects is important to support local jobs, underpin economic growth and ensure all Australians can reach their destinations sooner and safer and communities can rest assured that's exactly what our Government is doing."