The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River has set aside some preliminary investigation funds to replace the main bridge into Margaret River after the project failed to gain traction at the Federal level. The Shire had previously applied for Building Better Regions funding, sustainable development and infrastructure director Nick Logan said. But the project remains one “we are aiming to implement in the future,” he said. “There are no live grant applications at the moment as we first need to progress design further this year under an allocation in the current budget before determining scope and seeking funding,” he said. “$24,100 is itemised for detailed design of the pedestrian bridge. “It is envisioned that this project would be designed as part of including detail design for the joining path network. “There are also further pedestrian connection works in the design stage, including the connection back to the footpath at the front of La Scarpetta/Pizzica.” Ratepayers would tip in about $18,000 with a grant-funded $7700 top-up.