Fixing Country Bridges Program

Bellingen Shire Bridge

The Fixing Country Bridges Program is a $500 million NSW Government program, enabling councils to replace hundreds of timber bridges in poor condition and better connect regional and rural communities. Some of these timber bridges were built during the 1940s and 1950s and need to be replaced.

Bridges play a vital role in regional NSW, supporting growth and development, as well as providing access to critical services. These benefits and connections stimulate the economy and promote the social wellbeing of our communities.

Better bridges mean improved access to schools, towns, hospitals and jobs, increased efficiencies for our primary producers, easier movement of freight and better outcomes for road safety in regional and rural communities. The Program is also helping to build a transport network that is more resilient to natural disasters and provide more reliable connections.

The Program aims to reduce the maintenance and renewal burden for councils on hundreds of timber bridges in regional and rural NSW.

In addition to providing community benefits, the Program is injecting much needed funds into local economies and increasing local employment opportunities.

The NSW Government Fixing Country Bridges Program, together with the Fixing Local Roads Program will contribute $1 billion to support local government to manage their respective road and timber bridge assets that provide major benefits to the local communities.

Round 1

Round 1 saw 53 councils secure $282 million in funding to replace more than 400 timber bridges.

Round 2

Applications for Round 2 closed on Wednesday 24 November 2021 at 5pm.

Have a question?

If you have any questions please email the Fixing Country Bridges team on fixingcountrybridges@transport.nsw.gov.au.

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1 November 2021

Bungabbee Bridge upgrade completed

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14 October 2021

More cash to build better bridges in the bush

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30 September 2021

Lake Macquarie local roads boost

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10 September 2021

Bridge building blitz for Dungog Shire

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11 February 2021

New bridge to better connect Awaba

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5 February 2021

Replacing bridges to better connect regional NSW

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21 August 2020

Applications now open to fix country bridges

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