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Community Consultation Begins for Future of Bribie Island Bridge

Community consultation has begun regarding the future of the Bribie Island Bridge, a vital transport link connecting the mainland to the popular tourist destination off the coast of Queensland.

Built in the 1960s, the bridge has been showing signs of wear and tear in recent years, prompting calls for repairs or replacement. The Queensland Government has allocated funding for the project, and a decision on the best course of action is expected to be made in the coming months.

The community consultation process will involve feedback from local residents, business owners, and other stakeholders on the options for the bridge’s future. The Department of Transport and Main Roads is encouraging the public to participate in the online survey, community forums, and other events to share their views and concerns.

Some residents have expressed concerns about the potential impact of construction on the island’s tourism industry and the environment, while others have called for improvements to the bridge’s safety and capacity. The department has assured the public that all feedback will be carefully considered in the decision-making process.

The Bribie Island Bridge is a critical link for the island’s 20,000 residents and more than 300,000 annual visitors, who rely on it for access to essential services, employment opportunities, and recreational activities. The bridge also plays a significant role in supporting the regional economy, particularly the tourism sector.

The community consultation is expected to continue until mid-March, after which the department will release a report summarising the feedback received and outlining the preferred option for the bridge’s future.

Community consultation is open until February 27.