Liberals to fund Toodyay Footbridge
Posted on Thursday, 29 July 2010
The Hon Judi Moylan MP says a Liberal Government will contribute $250,000 towards the restoration of the Avon River Footbridge in Toodyay, ensuring the safety of hundreds of school children in the area.
This footbridge provides a critical pedestrian link from Toodyay District High School and across the Avon River, to the Toodyay townsite.
In 2009, the condition of the bridge became a concern to both Council and the community, with an independent report finding the existing timber superstructure needed to be replaced.
Shire of Toodyay acting CEO Simon Fraser said the bridge is not far off being unfit for use and today welcomed Mrs Moylan’s announcement.
“It is estimated that 200 children per day use the footbridge as a means of accessing the School, which reinforces the importance this infrastructure has in the context of the School,” Mr Fraser said.
“This project has been of the highest priority for the Shire and it is reassuring to know Judi Moylan has acknowledged what this project means to the community.”
Toodyay is a thriving Wheatbelt town and Mrs Moylan said the new Footbridge would complement the $2 million of Auslink funding she secured under the previous Liberal Government that was recently spent on the town’s streetscape.
“Ensuring children’s safety is the priority of all parents and guardians,” Mrs Moylan said.
“This project will put the concerns of many Toodyay residents to rest and I look forward to seeing it come to fruition should the Liberals win Government.