Wellington Bridge Sod Turn

Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) Mayor Mathew Dickerson, Councillors and Member for Calare The Hon. Andrew Gee MP met on the banks of the Bell River in Wellington yesterday, Saturday 23 April 2022, to turn the first sod for the Wellington Pedestrian Bridge.

The turning of the sod officially marks the start of the construction period which will include clearing six peripheral trees (all exotic), preparing the site for the construction of piers ahead of the new bridge deck arriving at site. 

Dubbo Regional Council Mayor Mathew Dickerson said this project has long been on Wellington’s agenda. “This is an exciting milestone, the replacement bridge has been a key project for the Wellington community since the original bridge was deemed unfit for purpose in 2017. The new accessible bridge will create a great linkage between the Wellington CBD and the popular sporting precinct of Pioneer Park,” said Mr Dickerson. 

Dubbo Regional Council received $738,000 from the Australian Government Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Phase 2 funding to construct a new pedestrian bridge, helping to promote economic development and recreational opportunities within Wellington. DRC have contributed $470,000.

Federal Member for Calare and Minister for Veterans Affairs and Defence Personnel, Andrew Gee MP, said the new bridge would be a boon for Wellington.

“It’s wonderful that construction is now underway on a new pedestrian bridge over the Bell River in Wellington,” said Minister Gee.

“The original suspension bridge was a much-loved feature of the town, and has been greatly missed since it closed five years ago. That’s why I’m very excited that local residents and visitors to Wellington will soon be able to enjoy a stroll from Cameron to Pioneer Park on a new truss arch bridge.

“Cameron Park is an especially beautiful part of Wellington, and now with works starting on the new accessible bridge, a visit to the park will become even better .I’m proud the Australian Government is helping to build this new truss arch bridge thanks to $738,000 in support. I’m looking forward to seeing the bridge take shape over the coming months, and to marching across once it is complete!” said Mr Gee.

The new bridge will be accessible for residents and visitors of all abilities. It will include Australian Standard compliant ramps for access and mobility will ensure safe, convenient bridge use.

“Pedestrians using wheelchairs or mobility scooters, cyclists, recreational scooters, as well as carers with prams and small children will find the bridge easy to cross," Mr Gee said. 

DRC have engaged TELEO DESIGN to design and oversee the construction of the 41.5 metre truss arch bridge.

Elements of the existing bridge will be retained for heritage significance, and the council will be developing interpretative signs to convey its history.

A construction zone will be formed around the area in the coming weeks, and patrons of the park are encouraged to stay clear of the area for safety reasons.

The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of July 2022, weather permitting. 

Last Edited: 26 Apr 2022

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