A tender has been released to design and construct a 100 metre suspension bridge by the Western Australian Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
The 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.
It will form an integral part of the 72 kilometres, five-day Wiilman Bilya walk trail around Wellington Dam, taking visitors through Wellington National Park and the soon to be Wellington Dam Mega Mural.
WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the suspension bridge is another wonderful addition to the area, giving locals and tourists even more reason to visit Collie.
“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,” Dawson said.
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This project is funded as part of the WA 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.
Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said the suspension bridge will complement new 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,” Murray said.
The tender will close on 10 September 2020. More information can be found on http://www.tenders.wa.gov.au.