The Dixons Long Point crossing project has received additional funding of $4 million as part of the Australian Government’s latest infrastructure package to tackle congestion and make regional roads safer.
The project includes construction of a bridge over the Macquarie River at Dixons Long Point, and the upgrade and paving of the road on either side of the river.
Mid-Western Regional Council is overseeing the tender and construction process, in conjunction with Cabonne Shire Council.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Calare, Andrew Gee said he was delighted with this additional funding, as it takes the total project investment by the Australian Government to $20 million.
“Work on the project was underway with engineers from Mid-Western Regional Council having already scoped possible locations for the crossing in preparation for the calling of tenders for stage one of the work next week,” Me Gee said.
“$2 million has been made available for stage one which is the design, bridge location and survey work. It includes a safety audit to identify priority sections, geotechnical work, environmental impact reports on flora and fauna and also an Indigenous participation plan and artefact study.
“The initial costing for the project was $20 million so this extra $4 million on top of the $16 million announced in this year’s budget is an early and welcome Christmas present for us,” Mr Gee added.
“We could have gone for a much cheaper culvert crossing but I want to see this done properly with a bridge,” he said.
“People have been trying to get this road and crossing built since the days of gold rush.
“The size of the funding commitment from the federal government should leave no-one in doubt that this is finally happening and if I have to go back for even more dollars during this term of government then I will,” said Mr Gee.
“There is no turning back, it’s all systems go.”
Mid-Western Regional Council Mayor Des Kennedy welcomed the news of the additional funding.
Cabonne Shire Mayor Kevin Beatty, thanked the Australian Government for the additional funding.
“This project is creating a vital connection between regional communities in the Central West and we are pleased the funds have been allocated and work is underway,” Cr Beatty concluded.
Caption: Cr Anthony Durkin (Cabonne), Mid-Western Regional Council Mayor Cr Des Kennedy, Member for Calare Andrew Gee, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Bob Cohen from Cabonne Council at the Dixon’s Long Point crossing.