Bridge replacement a boon for agriculture and industry

A 'LEMON' of a bridge will be replaced in a boon for agriculture and industry in the region following a $1.59 million grant from the Australian Government.

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd paid a visit to Bundaberg mayor Mal Forman today to announce the funding, which the Bundaberg Regional Council will match dollar for dollar.

The wooden bridge, crossing the Kolan River on Monduran Rd about 12km north of Gin Gin, is a vital link for citrus and timber growers and the Monduran Airport.

It will be replaced with a wider concrete bridge. Large trucks use a nearby causeway which was intended as a temporary installation.

Ken O'Dowd visited the bridge with councillor Wayne Honor.

"There were splinters of wood from the old bridge, which was built in the 1950s, showering down on us every time a car came across," Mr O'Dowd said.

"All the substructure is decayed and it's too big a job to repair it - it has to be replaced," Cr Honor said.

"The citrus growers across the bridge are keeping their fingers crossed right now that the flood rains won't come and cut them off.

"It ... will keep backpackers coming into the community - they're a big part of our tourism economy."



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