• New suspension bridge tender released
  • Construction expected to commence this year
  • Project part of McGowan Government's broader strategy to boost tourism and diversify the Collie economy

Visitors to the Collie area will soon benefit from a new suspension bridge offering spectacular views up and down the Collie River Valley.

The Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has released a tender for the design and construction of a suspension bridge spanning over the Collie River.

The 100-metre pedestrian bridge will be located on the recently upgraded Flora Road and will be linked by trails, leading to a lookout over the Collie River.

This bridge will form an integral part of the 72km, five-day Wiilman Bilya walk trail around Wellington Dam, taking visitors through Wellington National Park and the soon to be Wellington Dam Mega Mural.

This project is funded as part of the McGowan Government's $10 million Collie Adventure Trails initiative, which will see Collie developed as a world class mountain bike and trail adventure destination.

The new bridge will assist in the State Government's commitment to deliver an integrated tourism experience across the region that will increase the total number of visitors, the number of repeat visits, and extend the length of stays.

The tender is now open and closes September 10, 2020. More information can be found on http://www.tenders.wa.gov.au

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

"This suspension bridge is yet another wonderful addition to the area, giving locals and tourists even more reason to visit Collie and we expect it will be a 'must see' destination for visitors from across the State.

"We are delivering on our commitment to drive job creation in regional WA and support local businesses while promoting greater community access to engage with the natural environment."

Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray:

"The suspension bridge will complement new world-class mountain bike trails in Collie which have the potential to draw tourists from across WA, Australia and internationally to experience this region.

"This is an exciting development that is part of the McGowan Government's comprehensive plan to secure the future of Collie."

Page reviewed 13 Aug 2020