Work ahead of schedule on the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement project
17 March 2022
Work on the Batemans Bay foreshore areas is well underway with many of the key features now coming to life including recently completed public art murals, and the beginnings of a floating pontoon and new playground.
A Transport for NSW spokesperson said the project was on track to be completed ahead of schedule with major work now planned to be finished by late 2022 instead of early 2023.
“We are excited to announce that the Batemans Bay community will have access to the new foreshore facilities sooner than we anticipated. The northern and southern foreshores of Batemans Bay are progressing well with facilities planned to progressively open from mid-2022,” the spokesperson said.
“When complete, locals and tourists will be able to enjoy better connectivity within the foreshore area, improved access to the river as well as community friendly facilities and spaces that celebrate the local Aboriginal culture.
“Early work has started on a new floating pontoon on the southern foreshore, which will increase berthing capacity and access to the town for a variety of vessels.
“A draw card for local and visiting families is a playground that will include an accessible in-ground trampoline, mega swing, climbing towers and slides. The playground is being built in partnership with Eurobodalla Shire Council and has been inspired by feedback from local children and community members. Work on the new playground has started and is expected to be open for the public to enjoy in April, weather permitting.
“In April we will see the install and unveiling of a six metre tall sculpture on the southern foreshore made from steel sourced from the old Batemans Bay Bridge – an appropriate commemoration of the bridge that was removed last year.
“Locals can already enjoy two completed public art murals inspired by stories of Bhundoo (Clyde River), which feature local flora and fauna sacred to the Walbunia people. An Aboriginal heritage interpretive area will also be installed near the playground to create a space for reflection, recreation and connection.
“Transport for NSW has worked closely with the local Aboriginal community to ensure we celebrate the local culture and significant heritage of this site.”
Transport for NSW will also be reinstating a number of facilities including toilet blocks, picnic and barbeque shelters, a contemplation seat, boat ramps and parking.
Access changes and restrictions on the foreshore will continue for the safety of workers and community until work is complete.
Signs, traffic control and temporary fencing will be in place to guide the community around the work areas.
Transport for NSW thanks the community for their patience as this community space is upgraded.
For more information on the project, go to nswroads.work/batemansbaybridge