Western Downs Wins Resilient Awards Accolade

12 Jan 2016

Western Downs Regional Council (WDRC) received a High Commendation through the Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards 2015, announced in December, for the Mercy Pedestrian Bridge in Dalby.

The original six-span, timber bridge was closed after it was severely damaged during the January 2013 Tropical Cyclone Oswald event

Upgrades to the bridge were possible thanks to the $80 million 2013 Betterment Fund, a Queensland Government initiative, jointly funded by the Queensland and Australian governments.

The Betterment Fund allows assets to be built back better and to a standard that would be more disaster resilient, reducing risk to the community and reconstruction costs from future events.

More than $500,000 was approved for the Mercy Pedestrian Bridge project to build the new, more resilient structure.

WDRC built a truss-style, 24-metre, single-span composite fibre bridge, which is now the longest single-span composite fibre pedestrian bridge in Australia.