BRIDGE REPLACEMENTS IMPROVE FIREFIGHTER RESPONSE IN NORTH EAST VICTORIA

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Two bridges, which provide critical firefighter access to some of north east Victoria’s most bushfire prone areas, are being replaced thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $272.3 million Reducing Bushfire Risk program.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said Mountain Creek Bridge and Lords Creek Bridge, which connect Upper Murray and Alpine communities will be replaced in the coming months to benefit heavy firefighter vehicles travelling between Mitta Mitta and Mount Beauty.

The two bridges, which are located along the Mountain Creek Road and Trappers Gap Road, will have increased load limits providing better access for heavy firefighting vehicles including fire tankers, bulldozers and excavators responding to bushfires.

Once complete, the works will also improve access to some of the region’s most popular recreation and tourist destinations, by providing safer and better access for visitors.

This project complements other works to reduce the impacts of bushfires on communities and the environment, including planned burning, slashing, and mulching.

Works are scheduled to commence in September.

To reduce the risk to drivers, and contractors undertaking the works, Mountain Creek Road and Trappers Gap Road will be closed while construction is underway. Signage will be in place.

Visitors are encouraged to plan their trip in advance to ensure that they have the most up-to-date information about which roads and tracks are open.

For more information about the Reducing Bushfire Risk program phone 136 186 or visit www.ffmvic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“Timing is everything when it comes to responding to bushfires, particularly in remote forest areas.”

“By providing safer and quicker access for firefighters and heavy machinery, we greatly improve the chance of controlling bushfires before they spread and impact communities and the environment.”

“Community safety is our top priority – we’re putting people first by upgrading old infrastructure to improve firefighter response times and reduce the risk of bushfires impacting communities.”