Call for 'recovery program' to fix timber bridges
A NEW funding program is needed to fix timber bridges around Queensland, with one local council calling for a state government "Bridges to Recovery" program to address the issue.
The South Burnett Regional Council made the call for the Local Government Association of Queensland to lobby the state for the funding on Wednesday.
A motion from the council put at the LGAQ's annual conference called for a new funding pool "specific to the replacement of timber bridges on local government-controlled roads".
The council wrote it had 16 timber bridges which had "load limits or restrictions to single lane only due to (a) poor condition rating".
It calculated the cost of replacing all the run-down bridges in the South Burnett at more than $10 million, money which the council would be forced to take out loans for.
The motion said a funding pool specific to timber bridges would allow an "accelerated replacement program" for bridges across the state.
"Historically, councils have not funded depreciation of these bridges, and as such, no bridge replacement funds or reserves exist," the motion reads.
While the LGAQ has sought a commitment from the federal government to ensure Roads to Recovery funds will continue beyond 2019, that commitment was contingent on the federal budget being position being restored.