Election promise to help fund new bridge at Clarence Town

Brig O'Johnston Bridge.
Brig O'Johnston Bridge.

A re-elected Liberals and Nationals Government would invest $8.8million towards replacing the Brig O'Johnston Bridge over the Williams River at Clarence Town.

Federal Member for Lyne David Gillespie announced the commitment today ahead of the federal election this Saturday, May 18.

In 2017 Dungog Shire Council received $5.5 million in State Government funds to build a concrete bridge alongside the heritage-listed Brig O'Johnston Bridge on Limeburners Creek Road.

Since then there has been a stalemate over the new bridge's future - the council did not have the funds to match that grant and had been unsuccessful in securing federal funds to complete the job.

Dr Gillespie said the new bridge would provide greater connectivity between Clarence Town, the Bucketts Way and the Pacific Highway.

"The replacement of this bridge will see the construction of a two-lane concrete structure that will open up Limeburners Creek Road for freight services, particularly for agriculture," he said.

"This project builds on our $20 million investment in the upgrade of Clarence Town Road, $25 million for the Bucketts Way and the record funding we are delivering to local councils throughout the region."

"The NSW Government has to date, committed $5.5 million towards the project, and today I'm delighted to announce that our government will also be making a significant contribution to get it going should we be re-elected on Saturday."

The Brig O'Johnston Bridge was built in 1880 and is the oldest surviving timber truss bridge in NSW. RMS is working with the Office of Environment and Heritage on a formal application to approve rehabilitation of the bridge.