This project received a huge boost in November 2020 with an announcement from the Victorian Government that it would allocate $3.5 mill. to this community-led restoration project. This allocation was part of a Gippsland Tourism Recovery Package which includes construction of new roofed accommodation at Cape Conran Coastal Park and other projects throughout Gippsland.
In addition, the Federal Government has allocated a further $1.05 Mill. for ancillary works such as car parks, signage and access for cyclists and people of all abilities. This funding comes through the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery program.
This project is now underway & expected to be completed in 2024.
some exciting updates
September 4th 2023 Application for a Planning Permit with East Gippsland Shire Council for works to restore the bridge to form a pedestrian/cycle path, construct two carparks, pedestrian access ramp & removal of native vegetation.
May 10th 2023, 9-12 noon Community drop-in session held at the Library Meeting Room in Orbost. Those who attended were able to view plans & ask questions, give feedback and ideas, meet the Project Manager and generally get an update on this important project.
May 2023 Final designs being completed, along with planning requirements; preparation of tender documents for advertisement.
September 2022 Wood Research and Development Inc appointed to conduct a thorough condition report on the bridge. This has lead to detailed design and costing estimates in preparation for putting this restoration project out to tender. Also, carparks are being designed to provide access to both ends of the bridge, along with an access ramp and signs.
September 2021 Gippsland Project Management (GPM) working with the Snowy Rail Bridge Project Control Group to steer this project through all of the planning and design requirements.
Workers from Wood Research and Development Inc. on site to assess the condition of all pile timber, cross braces etc. This has been done using non-invasive technology. Compression waves calibrated for Australian hardwoods and timber sizes are used to determine any internal decay. This is done at the top, middle and bottom of every pile.