Tasmanian Liberal Senator Claire Chandler has once again confirmed the Morrison Government’s commitment to delivering a new Bridgewater Bridge.

“Nobody should be in any doubt that both Federal and State Governments are committed to delivering this project. We’ve funded it in the budget, we’ve taken it to the election and we will deliver,” Senator Chandler said.

“The project is a major infrastructure commitment from the Morrison Coalition Government that was agreed to by State, Federal and local council signatories in the Hobart City Deal.”

“We do not agree with the attitude taken by Hobart, Kingborough and Glenorchy Mayors, who are lobbying to have the project delayed or downgraded. A new bridge will benefit not only southern Tasmania but the entire state, by reducing freight costs and commute times.

Senator Chandler said that there is no question that the current bridge is fast approaching the end of its operational life and must be replaced by a new bridge that caters for the demands of the next 60-80 years.

“Of course the final design should deliver a cost-effective solution and that’s what the State Government is working on right now following Infrastructure Australia’s advice. However it would be short-sighted to do as some southern Mayors are suggesting and divert money away from the project leading to a second-rate bridge, which in 15-20 years could be another bottleneck for freight and passenger movement,” Senator Chandler said.

“This is a project which has been demanded by business, industry and commuters for decades, and the previous State Labor Government failed to act on this project despite being provided with Federal funding specifically for a bridge replacement.

“Both the Morrison and Hodgman Governments have committed funds to deliver a new Bridgewater bridge, so there should be no doubt that this project will go ahead.”