A newly completed bridge funded jointly by the Australian Government and Southern Downs Regional Council on Freestone Road will make a big difference to the daily lives of the local community with improved access and safety. The bridge will be officially open from the 14th August, 2020.

The Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, Deputy Leader of the Federal National Party The Hon. David Littleproud and Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Vic Pennisi officially opened the new Palmer Bridge. Palmer Bridge was originally built in 1964 by the Department of Main Roads. The bridge across Freestone Creek is called Palmer Bridge in honour of the Palmer Brothers, one of whom held the office of Deputy Chairman of the Glengallan Shire council.

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Vic Pennisi said he was thrilled to see our region’s important infrastructure being updated. “The Bridge Renewal Program really helps Regional Councils like us ensure our infrastructure is current and maintained to the best possible standard,” said Mayor Vic Pennisi. “Projects like this one are testament to what can be achieved when Local and Federal Governments work together. We couldn’t be more grateful for the assistance we have received.

“Palmer Bridge has been a part of our region since the 1960s and it’s really nice to see it receive this attention and care.” Southern Downs Regional Council secured $1,234,412 from the Australian Government’s Bridge Renewal Program Round 3 to replace the existing timber bridge with the new concrete single span bridge. The Bridges Renewal Program is an Australian Government initiative to fund the upgrade and replacement of bridges across Australia to enhance access for local communities and facilitate higher productivity vehicle access.

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