Thursday, November 8, 2012

Making way for the bridge, eventually

Craig Farrell MLC and David O'Byrne MHA by the bridge.
FUNDING for property acquisition to enable the future construction of a new Bridgewater Bridge was announced by the Federal Government yesterday.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport minister Anthony Albanese said the $6.4 million would allow affected property owners to plan for the future.

"While construction of the new bridge is some years away, the important work of project planning and design development needs to continue," Mr Albanese said. "Part of that process involves the need to preserve the future footprint of the new bridge and to give certainty to the community whose property will be affected. Consultation with affected land-owners, stakeholders, and community has meant that this footprint has been clearly identified and we can now give these people the option to move on with certainty. It is understandable that affected residents do not wish to be left in limbo for several years. The Federal Labor Government has stepped in at the right time to help those people who want to move, to do so."

State Infrastructure Minister David O'Byrne said that he had met several property owners who wanted to be able to have their property acquired and move on. "We're very pleased we'll now be able to do that. "This investment offers compensation for residents who need it most, so they can get on with their lives with certainty," he said.

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