Fixing Country Bridges Program

Bellingen Shire Bridge

The closure date for applications has been extended to 9 October 2020. Applications can be made via the online portal below.

The guidelines for the program have been updated to better reflect the ability of Joint Organisations to make applications in conjunction with and/or on behalf of councils.

Local councils in regional NSW currently maintain more than 1,800 timber bridges across NSW, some of which are over 100 years old. Maintenance of deteriorating timber bridges is one of the largest ongoing costs to councils across regional NSW.

Bridges play a vital role in regional NSW, supporting growth and development, as well as providing access to critical services such as hospitals and schools. These benefits and connections stimulate the economy and promote the social wellbeing of our communities.

The aim of the Fixing Country Bridges Program is to create a new legacy for our local road network, enabling councils to replace hundreds of timber bridges in poor condition and better connect regional and rural communities. The program aims to reduce the maintenance and renewal burden on councils and improve accessibility for local and regional communities.

The NSW Government Fixing Country Bridges and Fixing Local Roads programs will contribute $1 billion to support local government to effectively manage their respective road and timber bridge assets.

Fixing Country Bridges Guidelines

The Fixing Country Bridges Program Guidelines set out relevant program information, including the program objectives, eligibility, assessment criteria, key dates, funding limits and co-contributions, payment, reporting milestones and how to apply.

Eligible Local Government Areas

Please refer to the Eligibility List. Eligible local government bodies are found at Appendix 1 of the Fixing Country Bridges Guidelines 2020. Joint Organisations are eligible to submit applications on behalf of eligible councils within their JO.


Applications can be made through an online portal from 9am Monday 24 August 2020 until midnight Friday 9 October 2020.

Have a question?

If you have any questions please email the Fixing Country Bridges team on to seek advice on potential projects and for information on preparing applications.

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21 August 2020

Applications now open to fix country bridges



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