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Funds needed to restore the North Bourke Bridge

Bourke Shire Council is spending money to assess the accurate value of restoring the historic North Bourke bridge. PHOTO TWH

Bourke Shire Council has voted to prepare comprehensive project plans to apply for grant finance to restore the historic North Bourke bridge.

The council will allocate $200,000 to prepare the necessary documentation to further the grant process.

Funds for this will be taken from the $650,000 reserve that the council already has for the restoration.

Bourke Shire Council General Manager, Mark Riley, said this will be a multimillion-dollar grant and the work must be put in to establish the true cost of the project.

“We don’t want to apply for a grant to fund the project and find out that that it will cost more, and the council is left with a shortfall

“An accurate assessment must be obtained to allow the project to go out to tender.

“The North Bourke bridge restoration has been identified as a priority in the Bourke Shire Community Strategic Plan, and restoration is viewed as an ideal project to protect and enhance a major historical item, and as a project to strengthen Bourke’s tourism facilities.” Mr Riley said.

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