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Mercy Bridge a leader in resilience and innovation

4 January 2016

 
Mercy Bridge, Dalby

Mercy Bridge, Dalby
Hon. Bruce Scott, Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown and Cr Andrew Smith joined by representatives of WDRC, Contour Consulting Engineers, RoadTek and Wagners at the opening of Mercy Bridge.
Hon. Bruce Scott, Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown and Cr Andrew Smith joined by representatives of WDRC, Contour Consulting Engineers, RoadTek and Wagners at the opening of Mercy Bridge.

Western Downs Regional Council has received a High Commendation through the Get Ready Queensland (GRQ) Resilient Australia Awards 2015 for the recently constructed Mercy Pedestrian Bridge in Dalby. The entry was recognised as a frontrunner amongst the state-wide entries as an initiative towards disaster resilience, making our communities stronger and better prepared to manage natural disasters.

  • The Mercy Pedestrian Bridge is located on Bunya Street, Dalby and is a key pedestrian route across the Myall Creek;
  • During the January 2013 Tropical Cyclone Ostwald flooding event, the original six-span, timber Mercy Pedestrian Bridge was severely damaged from debris;
  • The new flood resilient structure is a truss style, 24 metre, single-span, composite fibre bridge and on completion of construction, the Mercy Bridge was the longest single-span composite fibre pedestrian bridge in Australia;
  • All levels of government and the private sector worked together to successfully deliver this essential infrastructure to improve disaster resilience in our local communities through joint funding, by Council and the Queensland Government through the Queensland Betterment Fund, whilst Council worked alongside Contour Consulting Engineers, RoadTek, and Wagners to design, build and install the bridge.

Spokesperson for Works and Engineering Services Councillor Andrew Smith said that it was obvious that for the community to have a longer-lasting asset, Council would need to replace the damaged timber bridge with a more flood resilient structure.

“Congratulations to all those involved in this project, these awards provide a great opportunity to showcase work that is often unrecognised and inspires others to think about how they can be more disaster resilient,” he said.

“The Mercy Pedestrian Bridge is a great example of how multiple agencies can work together to help not only improve our communities resilience and preparedness during natural disaster events, but how innovative design can provide a safer and value for money asset.

“Most importantly, the community now has a more flood resilient bridge that requires minimal to no maintenance for the first 20 years and will last between 50 and 75 years.”

For more information contact Council’s Infrastructure Services Team on 1300 COUNCIL.

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