THE NSW Government is set to provide $600,000 to the Bellingen Shire Council so the upgrade of Newry Island Bridge at Urunga can finally be completed.
The announcement from Minister for Roads and Freight and Minister for the North Coast Duncan Gay and Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser is great news for the community.
Mr Fraser said the repairs expected to ensure the bridge can service the community for decades to come.
"The bridge provides the only access to Newry Island, which is a small island with a population of about 300," Mr Fraser said.
"I am proud the NSW Government is working closely with Council to upgrade this important piece of infrastructure to the community of Newry Island.
"Newry Island Bridge is under the control, care and ownership of Bellingen Shire Council.
"The project involves significant repair work, including full replacement of the bridge girders and deck."
Minister Gay said the funding is part of the NSW government's Rural and Regional Road Fund package and means that council can pick up the tools again so that this vital piece of infrastructure is opened to the public by the end of the year.
"This bridge is a critical connection to the island and the work to strengthen the structure will allow full unrestricted loads to be supported," Minister Gay said.