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Noosa Hinterland celebrates opening of two new bridges

Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington and Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien officially opened new infrastructure in the hinterland today.

The Mary River Road Bridge at Cooroy and the Old Noosa Road Bridge at Cooran have both been replaced at a combined cost of $3.6 million, made possible through matched grant funding from Noosa Council and the Federal Government.

“These bridges are an important infrastructure investment to support Noosa’s rural communities and replace the previous structures that had reached the end of their lives,” Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington said.

“The new bridges are designed to cater for heavy vehicles - up to 160 tonne on the Mary River Road Bridge and 44 tonne for the Old Noosa Road Bridge.”

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien said the infrastructure has been built to a very high standard and each bridge should have a life-span of around 100 years.

“The Federal Government is committed to assisting local governments Australia-wide to build safer and more efficient road networks across the country,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The new bridges are an important investment in the viability and amenity of Cooroy and Cooran.  The collaboration between the Federal Government and Noosa Council through these jointly funded projects will deliver lasting benefits to the community and region.”

Noosa Council Project Coordinator Dennis Luinstra thanked the local community in helping to facilitate the safe and steady progress of works by Council staff and contractors.

“Council greatly appreciates the patience and good will exhibited by the Cooroy and Cooran communities throughout the bridge closures and rebuilds,” he said.

23 January 2018

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