$5.5 million construction of new bridge and approaches over Murchison River
Essential infrastructure improves accessibility to the town, shire and region
Supported by a $4.27 million State Government Royalties for Regions investment
Greater inland access over the Murchison River during periods of heavy rainfall and rising river levels has been assured thanks to a Liberal National Government $4.27 million investment in the construction of Ballinyoo Bridge, officially open from today.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment would provide an above water level river crossing, and enhanced connectivity of the areas north of the Murchison to the more populated and well-serviced communities south of the river.
"During times of flooding, the lower level crossings of the Murchison River became impassable," Mr Redman said.
"The new bridge will provide reliable, year-round access for communities, industry, service providers and emergency services in the remote Murchison-Upper Gascoyne district.
"The bridge is located on Carnarvon-Mullewa Road, the only high-standard access road into the Shire of Murchison servicing residents, pastoral and mining industries, tourism and providing access to the world-class Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory.
"Assuring all-weather access, the newly opened replacement Ballinyoo Bridge will strengthen and grow the inland region and encourage economic growth through increased access for industry and visitors to the region."
A span of the original cement bridge, built in 1929, will be retained to commemorate its place in the history of the community.
About $5.5m has been made available for this project and consists of up to $4.27m in Royalties for Regions investment through the Country Local Government Fund and the Mid West Investment Plan
Roads to Recovery and the Shire of Murchison have also contributed to the project
Minister's office - 6552 6700