Plans for a new $1.285 million suspension bridge in Collie are underway with the tender being awarded for the design and construction of the project.
The tender has been awarded to Fortec Australia Pty Ltd, with the design phase of the project currently underway.
The bridge will cater to pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users, offering stunning views of the Collie River Valley.
In a competitive tender application process, Fortec Australia Pty Ltd submitted an innovative stress ribbon design for the bridge as well as reducing the footprint of the project by removing the need for support towers.
The 100-metre bridge, located on Flora Road, will be linked by several trails leading to a lookout over the Collie River.
It is part of the McGowan Government’s $10 million Collie Adventure Trails initiative.
As stated by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:
“This is great news for both locals and visitors to Collie, with another attraction to bring people to the region.
“It is another great example of the McGowan Government’s investment into the diversification of Collie.”
As stated by Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray:
“I look forward to seeing the finished Collie River suspension bridge next year – an exciting component of the McGowan Government’s comprehensive plan for the region.
“It will be yet another reason to visit Collie, with the bridge set to become a must-do experience for adventure visitors and a welcome new drawcard for the town’s growing tourism industry.”