New dam bridge for big dam mural in Collie

Jacinta CantatoreSouth Western Times
Work on the new dual-lane bridge is expected to begin this year.
Camera IconWork on the new dual-lane bridge is expected to begin this year. Credit: Unknown/Supplied

A huge increase in traffic to see the world’s biggest dam mural has prompted the State Government to bring forward its plans to upgrade a bridge built more than half a century ago.

The 2022-23 State Budget — due to be handed down Thursday night — will contain a $10 million allocation to build a new bridge at Collie’s world-famous Wellington Dam mural.

This follows upgrades to the viewing platform at the dam by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and Water Corporation.

Work on the new dual-lane bridge is expected to begin this year and provide greater safety to pedestrians and motorists by moving the footpath to the dam side of the bridge.

Get in front of tomorrow's news for FREE

Journalism for the curious Australian across politics, business, culture and opinion.


The existing bridge, built in 1966, allows for single-lane traffic and a pedestrian pathway at the base of the 8000sqm mega-mural painted by Australian artist Guido van Helten.

This bridge has seen a major increase in traffic since the mural was completed in February 2021, now having to undergo regular structural assessments.

Based on the most recent assessment’s recommendations, the bridge has now been closed to traffic as a precautionary measure.

Collie Shire president Sarah Stanley welcomed the “proactive” measure by the McGowan Government.

“The Shire welcomes the State Government’s proactive approach in ensuring its infrastructure in an around the Wellington Dam mural is safe and fit for purpose,” she said.

“We also welcome efforts in the interim to ensure continued access between our neighbours and other attractions for visitors and residents alike.”

The bridge remains open to pedestrians, with Water Corporation investigating temporary reinforcement options which could allow the bridge to be reopened to passenger vehicles.

Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns said replacing the bridge would mean more people could enjoy the world-famous mural.

“Tourism in Collie is growing at a rapid pace and the McGowan Government is supporting this growth by continuing to invest in projects that accelerate the region’s transformation into a vibrant tourism destination,” she said.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails