Russell Island has come into discussion several times in the last few weeks with numerous changes to the island underway.
Redlands MP Peter Dowling expressed his support for the construction of a bridge and now Bowman MP Andrew Laming announced he will seek funding for the first stages of a bridge from a new federal grant program.
The National Stronger Regional Fund is specifically designed to address issues such as social and economic hardship which also includes isolation and unemployment.
Mr Laming said he would work with the Redlands MP to put in a bid for up to $10 million from the National Stronger Regional Fund program based on “the economic case” to connect Russell to the mainland.
“Funding for a bridge linking Russell Island to the mainland definitely ticks those boxes,” Mr Laming said.
“It’s vital that Redland City Council and the state government lead the way because the application is likely to fail without their financial support.”
Mr Laming said the program would deliver $200 million over five years, with grants of up to $10 million up for grabs.
The island is also facing other changes with the Bay Islands Chamber of Commerce receiving backing from Redland City Council in a bid to revert back to the islands former and traditional name.
The island was called Canaipa until the 1840s when it was changed in recognition of Lord John Russell, the British Secretary of State for the colonies at the time.
A poll conducted by Fairfax media showed 57.25% of voters support a name change.