Draft designs released for new Munna Point Bridge foundations
  • Saturday 05 March 2011

A night of community information and consultation on the draft designs for the new Munna Point Bridge foundations has provided Sunshine Coast Council with valuable feedback on the project.

Last night, locals were invited to hear about plans to replace the bridge’s foundations and to provide comment on four different design options that will see the corroding concrete foundations replaced within the next three to five years.

Division 11 Councillor Russell Green said the plan was to keep the bridge open to vehicle, cycle and pedestrian traffic while the foundations were being replaced.

Cr Green, alongside architects and engineers outlined the proposed project before presenting four design options to locals at the community consultation.

The designs ranged from basic concrete structures to more elaborate designs with each option expected to cost in the vicinity of $5million to $6 million.

"The workshop was an important step in the process and was aimed at getting community feedback on the designs and to also provide residents with an opportunity to voice their preferences about construction timing and logistics," Cr Green said.

"I’d like to thank everyone who attended the workshop – we received some invaluable feedback, including views and future aspirations for the bridge such as improved pedestrian and cycle access.

"Locals also shared concerns about noise and amenity during the construction phases.

"All feedback received will help the project team to arrive at a final design option and costing by June 2011. We then hope to start on the foundations in 2013."

Local (Tinbeerwah) architects, Lindy Atkin and Steve Guthrie from Bark Design, explained that Bark had sought inspiration from nature and refined architectural concrete forms in realising the draft design options.

"Although ‘stock standard’ new bridge foundations could be constructed, we think the Noosa community expects more than that," Ms Atkin said.

"We see this refounding project as an opportunity to add some architectural merit to an otherwise purely practical piece of infrastructure. The bridge foundations not only serve a very obvious purpose of holding up the bridge but they are highly visible from surrounding residences, apartment complexes and all river users.

"The new foundations are expected to be in place for at least the next 100 years and I think we’ve got a one-off chance to significantly improve what is already there.

To have a say on the design options along with preferences for construction timing and staging, visit council’s website (click on ‘community engagement’ and ‘have your say’ to locate the Munna Point Bridge refounding project) before 31 March 2011.

More than 1600 individual invitations were issued to community members regarding the consultation workshop for the Munna Point Bridge Refounding Project. Council intends to keep the community informed at all stages of the project.