New pedestrian bridge officially opens across Condamine River
16 August 2019
River walk enthusiasts have welcomed the new pedestrian and cyclist bridge that crosses the Condamine River at Queen’s Park, and it was officially opened by Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie with the bridge’s namesake, Linda Coombes, and one of Australia’s all-time greatest marathon runners, Steve Moneghetti.
The newly named Coombes Bridge, which spans 32m x 3m, completes the popular river walk circuit and is a joint initiative between SDRC and State Government’s Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program.
Mayor Tracy Dobie said the arrival of the bridge was eagerly welcomed by park enthusiasts and a welcome addition to the popular river walk circuit.
“The river walk circuit is a hub of activity, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. The addition of the Coombes Bridge as a safe and scenic crossing over the Condamine River is a much celebrated piece of infrastructure for everyone to enjoy,” said Mayor Dobie.
“Queens’s Park is a very popular destination for walkers, runners, cyclists and families, and the new Coombes Bridge completes the package.
“It’s now safer for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the Condamine River and Council is grateful for the funding from the Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program to make this a reality for the community.”
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Palaszczuk Government was proud to support the new link.
“Projects like this encourage more people to ditch the car and instead ride their bike or walk,” Mr Bailey said.
“It’s great to see Mayor Dobie and council deliver safe, direct and connected active transport infrastructure – especially through the popular Queen’s Park.
“Not only will this project promote bike riding and walking, it’ll also provide a boost to the economy, with $5 in economic benefit for every dollar invested in this bridge.”
Funding for this project is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $14.5 billion regional roads and transport program, which will create more than 13,500 jobs over the next four years.
Mayor Dobie said that it was fitting that Linda Coombes’ contribution to the parkrun initiative was acknowledged by her peers through the naming submission process facilitated by Council.
“Linda had a vision to make Warwick more welcoming and active when she moved here 18 years ago, and was instrumental in the introduction of the parkrun events at Queen’s Park.
“She works quietly in the background with her volunteering, but has a big impact on people’s physical and mental health.”
A key feature of the bridge is its retractable railings which can be collapsed during a flood event to minimise debris damage.
The steel arch bridge was constructed through a Design and Construct contract with a total cost of $340,000, and crosses the river between Churchill Drive and Park Road.