The Shipwreck Coast Master Plan is a program to protect the coastline and enhance the visitor experience between Princetown and the Bay of Islands. Encompassing 28 kilometres of coastline in the south-west, the area attracts more than five million visits a year. The Master Plan will deliver an increase of $254 million in annual spending and create 3,834 Victorian jobs.
Construction has begun on the Port Campbell Creek Pedestrian Bridge, the first project to be delivered as part of the Victorian State Government’s invested $9.8 million in Stage One of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan. The bridge will provide year-round connection for the community and tourists between the Port Campbell township and the Discovery Trail, Port Campbell National Park.
The bridge has been designed using materials that will withstand the challenging coastal environment, it will have a minimal impact on the environment and will be visually sympathetic to the surrounding landscape. Built with a mix of wood, steel and stainless steel, the bridge will withstand one in 100-year weather events.
The landscape will remain the focus of visiting this area, with the ends of the bridge anchored by slender rectangular portals – framing the visitor’s view. The open balustrading allows views of the natural and cultural values of the creek environment.
The Government is collaborating closely with the Traditional Owners from the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation ensuring cultural heritage is maintained, respected and celebrated at each of the construction sites.
Acting Chief Executive Officer of Parks Victoria, Simon Talbot said:
“This is an exciting day... a comprehensive program to protect the coast, improve visitor opportunities and strengthen the local economy through sustainable tourism.”
The new bridge is DDA compliant and wheelchair accessible.