A re-elected NSW Nationals Government will build Cedar Party Creek Bridge replacement under the new $500 million Fixing Country Bridges program.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey and Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead today announced that Cedar Party Creek replacement bridge would be a priority for a re-elected NSW Nationals.

“Since the horse and cart days, timber bridges have been part of the fabric of society for NSW’s rural and regional communities,” said Mrs Pavey

“The $500 million funding commitment from the NSW Nationals will significantly ease the burden on councils, such as MidCoast Council, creating a new legacy in the management of our iconic timber bridges.”

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said that work had already taken place to ensure the project was shovel ready.

“Much work has been done already on the detailed design for Cedar Party Creek Bridge, thanks to this new $500 million program we can steam ahead on this project,” Mr Bromhead said.

“This bridge is the gateway to Wingham and a vital part of a regional road network that connects communities and provides an important freight route to support local industry, in particular Wingham Beef Exports.”

“A new bridge will avoid a detour of 17km for vehicles accessing the Pacific Highway ensuring the Wingham community maintains access to towns, jobs, schools and hospital facilities,”

Mr Bromhead said the program will make the community safer and is another example of how only the Nationals in government look after regional communities.

“We know one of the largest ongoing costs to our councils and therefore our local ratepayers, is deteriorating bridges,” Mr Bromhead said.