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City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2011
Ready to Play
An exciting new play space is sure to attract kids of all ages to the Bridge
The new structure, which includes a locomotive rocking vehicle, replaces a
playground that residents and traders said did not offer adequate shade
and was uncomfortably hot on warm days.
The new play space cost $110,000, with Council contributing $90,000
and the Bridge Street Mall Traders Association adding $20,000 to fund
The upgrade of the Bridge Street Mall is another project of the CBD Making
Ballarat Central Revitalisation Strategy.
The CBD Strategy includes long term infrastructure and traffic alignment
investment, as well as shorter term furniture and amenity upgrades such
as this play space replacement and new street furniture.
The Play Space Planning Framework aims to improve and develop play
spaces across the municipality over the next 5-10 years, so that children
have easily accessible, appropriate and interesting open spaces in which
to play, explore and learn.
For information on the Bridge Street Mall play space project, call City of
Ballarat Project Manager Mark Powell at 5320 5599 or email markpowell@
Connecting Mt Clear
Work has begun to replace a popular pedestrian/cycle bridge spanning
the Yarrowee Creek.
The new bridge will once again join the communities of Mount Clear and
Sebastopol and provide a safe link for the large number of people who use
the path for running, walking and cycling.
The Whitehorse Road bridge was destroyed in the Januar y, 2011 floods and
the cost of its replacement is being met through a Natural Disaster Assistance
Claim via the Victorian Department of Treasur y and Finance.
The new bridge is a steel truss girder fabrication with a concrete deck 25.67
metres long and 3.4 metres wide, making it one of the largest footbridges
in the municipality.
Work on the new $319,000 structure began in early August and is due to
be completed in early October.
City of Ballarat South Ward Councillor Ben Taylor said the structure will
span the creek from side to side and will not be vulnerable to damage
from floating debris.
“The new bridge provides an important connection linking Buninyong,
Sebastopol and Mt Clear with the city and with trails along the Yarrowee and
Canadian Creeks, adds to the fantastic cycling and pedestrian opportunities
The original footbridge was constructed in the 1920’s of concrete and steel,
one of the first bridges in Victoria built using those materials.
“It was considered ahead of its time. The bridge was designed by CP Wilson,
the shire engineer at the old Shire of Buninyong,” said Cr Taylor.
“The old bridge had a pier in the middle of the creek bed and unfortunately
when the January floods sent a massive volume of water thundering down
the creek pushing large piles of debris, the central pole was knocked out
and the bridge collapsed.”
The contract was awarded to Bridge & Marine Engineering Pty Ltd from
Ardeer which has calculated that there will be 25%of local content in the
Below: The Whitehorse Road bridge was destroyed in the Januar y floods and a new
pedestrian/cycle structure is currently being built to span the Yarrowee Creek.
Below: Chloe Plummer tests out the play space at Bridge Mall, as Mayor Cr Craig
Fletcher and Bridge Mall Traders Association President David Maloney inspect the
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