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Council welcomes funding for Chardon Bridge

Published: 1 February 2016

Council welcomes funding for Chardon Bridge
Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen, Gold Coast Councillor Donna Gates (Division 1), Logan Councillor Don Petersen (Division 4) and Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz at Chardon Bridge

Logan City Council has welcomed the announcement of $1.6 million in federal funding to assist with the replacement of the Chardon Bridge at Cedar Creek.

Roads and Water Infrastructure Committee Chairperson and Division 4 Councillor, Don Petersen, said the one-lane timber bridge was located on the boundary of Logan and Gold Coast cities.

"Both councils will provide $800,000 towards the $3.2 million project, which is expected to start in 2017, and we thank the federal government for its contribution as well," he said.

"Logan City Council will proudly manage the design and construction on behalf of both councils, given our previous experience in managing the replacement of the Edward O'Neill Bridge at Undullah and the current Darcy Edmunds Bridge replacement project at Jimboomba.

“The current timber bridge has a 20-tonne load limit and we’ll replace it with a new high-strength concrete bridge that will serve well into the future."

Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen said the bridge – located on Chardon Bridge Rd – had been identified as an important project for funding.

“Chardon Bridge Rd connects parts of our rural and semi-rural communities to main roads and towns and is located next to a primary school," he said.

“Local bridges are important in ensuring communities and local businesses have easy access to essential services, traffic movement and the efficient transportation of road freight."

City of Gold Coast Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Cedar Creek, Councillor Donna Gates, said she was delighted with the success of the grant application.

“This jointly-funded project will result in a much safer bridge for motorists in the area and is a great example of collaboration between federal and local government for the benefit of our combined community," she said.

Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz said upgrading the bridge would improve safety and efficiency for motorists in the region.

“Good bridges are crucial to making sure people in the community get clear access to essential services and a strong regional bridge network also helps drive the local economy."