The Morrison Government is supporting eligible land-owners and managers to improve the conservation, preservation and access to the heritage values of National Heritage Listed places.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Claire Chandler, said the historic Richmond Bridge was one of 29 successful applicants under the Federal Government’s Heritage Grants Program.

“The Richmond Bridge will benefit from $316,800 provided through the grants program to improve the continued management and preservation of the bridge,” Senator Chandler said.

“Work will include reinstating vibration monitoring and collecting traffic data to inform whether current load and speed limits are working to preserve the bridge structure, and waterproofing the footpaths and improving the drainage infrastructure to increase moisture protection.

“The Morrison Coalition Government is committed to preserve Australia’s rich heritage of our natural, Indigenous and historic places through this program.”

Minster for the Environment Sussan Ley said under the program, National Heritage Listed places can receive funding to protect and promote their heritage values through strengthened recognition, management, conservation and public engagement.

“The Australian Government provides up to $5.3 million a year in grants of between $25,000 and $400,000, for projects improving the conservation and protection of National Heritage Listed areas,” Ms Ley said.

“This program helps build a strong sense of identity for many communities at the centre of National Heritage Listed Areas. We want to ensure our places of national and cultural significant value are protected and maintained for their communities and for future generations.”