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The Western Downs Regional Council has been recognised for their newly constructed Mercy Bridge, in Bunya Street, Dalby. The council was awarded a high commendation through the Get Ready Queensland (GRQ) Resilient Australia Awards 2015 amongst other entries around the state. In a press release, the council is said to have taken out the award for their “initiative towards disaster resilience, making our communities stronger and better prepared to manage natural disasters.”

The bridge replaces the original timber Mercy Pedestrian Bridge that was badly damaged in 2013 floods during Tropical Cyclone Ostwald. The new 24-metre structure is a more flood resilient style, built with truss construction in a composite fibre. The new bridge is now the longest single-span composite fibre pedestrian bridge in the country.

“Congratulations to all those involved in this project, these awards provide a great opportunity to showcase work that is often unrecognised and inspires others to think about how they can be more disaster resilient,” said Andrew Smith, spokesperson for Works and Engineering Services Councillor. “The Mercy Pedestrian Bridge is a great example of how multiple agencies can work together to help not only improve our communities resilience and preparedness during natural disaster events, but how innovative design can provide a safer and value for money asset. “Most importantly, the community now has a more flood resilient bridge that requires minimal to no maintenance for the first 20 years and will last between 50 and 75 years.”

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Images by Western Downs Regional Council