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Collaboration Builds Bridges of Resilience to Sustain Communities
  • Publication no: ABC2017-010-17
  • Published: 20 April 2017

Somerset Regional Council (SRC) is situated an hour west of Brisbane and is the fastest growing local government area in southeast Queensland with a growth rate of 3.0 per cent and home to 23,000 people.

The Somerset region has an area of 5,379 sq km with a road network of 3,267km with 104 bridge structures and significantly, holds the key water catchments for southeast Queensland. Over recent years Council has been very successful in receiving funding grants for its timber bridge replacement program from various sources including; flood recovery Restoration of Essential Public Assets and Betterment, Bridge Renewal Program, Royalties for the Regions, National Disaster Resilience Program and the National Stronger Regions Fund. With Council’s willingness to contribute to projects, over the last five years Council has been able to renew or replace 77% of its timber bridge stock with highly resilient structures to ensure Somerset’s community remains viable with sustainably transport networks.

This paper will focus on how Somerset has delivered a number of bridge resilient projects including a sample of 48 bridge projects replaced over the last five years providing sustainable outcomes in the best interest of Community and Council.

Topics include:

  • The project management delivery model.
  • Case Studies of several bridges demonstrating Innovation and/or best practice – A streamlined design process with unique opportunities for innovation within individual bridges.
  • Working collaboratively to execute the bridge replacement program (present & future).