Controversial Plans For Barwon Heads Bridge Approved by Minister

The $40 million bridge will be built alongside the heritage listed wooden bridge, which will be reconfigured, and is expected to be used for walkers, bike riders and skaters.

VicRoads had deemed the wooden bridge unsafe for cars. A 2005 report said the bridge had a life expetancy of about six years.

Mr Madden told The Age newspaper he made the order for the bridge, using the Planning and Environment Act to exempt the project from the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme.

"The project can now proceed as intended under the already issued statutory coastal and heritage approvals," Mr Madden said. "The project is too important to allow it to become a political tool for the Opposition and the Greens." he said.

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