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Historic landmark receives funding

THE historic Richmond Bridge has benefited from the Federal Government’s Heritage Grants Program, which supports eligible landowners and managers improve the conservation, preservation and access to the heritage values of National Heritage Listed places.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Claire Chandler said the Richmond Bridge was one of 29 successful applicants for the grant.

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

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

Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said under the program, National Heritage listed places would 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,” she 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.”

Caption: Liberal Senator for Tasmania Claire Chandler at the Richmond Bridge.