Release: 17 December 2013

After a devastating pedestrian fatality on the Princes Highway in the Victorian town of Port Fairy, the community, local government and the state government were anxious for a pedestrian and cycleway crossing.

As tragically highlighted, the only way for pedestrians to cross Reedy Creek was via a narrow footpath on the existing road bridge. Right alongside trucks, buses and cars. So when Council contacted our Victorian office to discuss the options available, we were in an ideal position to assist. We submitted a proposal for a 20 metre clear span shared path bridge just slightly upstream of the existing road bridge - a proposal that would ultimately draw the local community together in a push for a safer town.

Importantly, because Fleetwood is a MAV-approved supplier, Council didn’t need to waste time or money putting the project out to public tender. (Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) – pre-qualifies suppliers so councils can use them without going through the time-consuming and very expensive public tender process.)

This meant there was no need for delays, Council could progress immediately with the project.

The new shared path bridge was very well received by the Port Fairy community. A good number attended the official bridge opening, which took place on Friday 15th March 2013. They were led by Victorian Premier, Denis Napthine, and joined by local Councillors, Council staff, Port Fairy police Seargeant Mick Wolfe and senior police officers.

Jason Hoy, Council’s Project Manager, said: “The project went well and we are very happy with the outcome. Fleetwood’s products, timing and price were all contributing factors to the winning of the project. They offered a very competitive price without compromising the scope and requirements. Fleetwood is a very professional group that are happy to work closely with the client to deliver the outcome it requires.”

If you belong to a Council in VIC, and you want to know what products you can buy from us using MAV, please contact us on 1300 989 100.

Premier Denis Napthine opens new Pedestrian Bridge over Reedy Creek at scene of child fatality in 2011. L-R Leading Senior Constable Di Thomson, Cr James Purcell, Jason Hoy, David Madden, Cr Mick Wolfe and Trevor Greenberger from Moyne Shire

Premier Denis Napthine opens new Pedestrian Bridge over Reedy Creek at scene of child fatality in 2011. L-R Leading Senior Constable Di Thomson, Cr James Purcell, Jason Hoy, David Madden, Cr Mick Wolfe and Trevor Greenberger from Moyne Shire

L-R Senior Constable Fiona Reid, Premier Denis Napthine and Leading Senior Constable Di Thomson

L-R Senior Constable Fiona Reid, Premier Denis Napthine and Leading Senior Constable Di Thomson

L-R Cr James Purcell, Premier Denis Napthine, Jason Hoy, Leading Senior Constable Di Thomson, Cr Mick Wolfe, David Madden and Trevor Greenberger from Moyne Shire

L-R Cr James Purcell, Premier Denis Napthine, Jason Hoy, Leading Senior Constable Di Thomson, Cr Mick Wolfe, David Madden and Trevor Greenberger from Moyne Shire