Kyogle misses out on bridge funds despite fears of collapse

UPDATE 8am: LISMORE may have picked up a swag of money for a new bridge over Hollingsworth Creek, but the Northern Rivers area with the most severe bridge problems, Kyogle, got nothing.

Kyogle Mayor Danielle Mulholland said the council had applied for a share of the Federal Government's $300m bridge funding program.

However, the council was told its application was inadequate because the funding program's criteria was focused on heavy vehicles.

"We missed out completely," Cr Mulholland said.

"I believe the applications themselves were mainly for heavy vehicle groups and the criteria focused on these heavy vehicle groups."

Cr Mulholland said there was growing concern within the council that one of the 70 old timber bridges now urgently in need of refurbishment or replacement would collapse and injure or kill someone.

A map showing bridges that have load limits or are entirely out of action in the Kyogle council area.
A map showing bridges that have load limits or are entirely out of action in the Kyogle council area.

INITIAL REPORT: LISMORE City Council has been successful in the Federal Government's $300 million Bridges Renewal Project.

The council will receive $875,000 to build 200m of new road and a new bridge over Hollingsworth Creek in the South Lismore Industrial Park.

"The injection of $875,000 to build this local bridge will make using it safer and more reliable, while also being a huge fillip for freight providing major benefits for the community and the region," Page MP Kevin Hogan said.