We are excited to see the City’s first maintenance-free recreational bridges starting to take shape, with
construction expected to commence in October this year.
After a year-long Procurement for Innovation process, the tender was awarded to a consortium including
local manufacturer Austeng, Deakin’s cutting-edge Waurn Ponds Carbon Nexus facility and Australian
engineering company Rocla.
This process, which included grants and support from Cleantech Innovations Geelong, allowed suppliers to
invest in research and development to find the best solution for a world-class, zero-maintenance bridge.
As a result, a new product has been created made from geopolymer (made from recycled materials) and
reinforced with carbon fibre.
The materials and design used in this project will deliver a new standard of sustainable design to our city.
With the emphasis on global research and innovative thinking, the Procurement for Innovation process
aligns perfectly with Geelong’s designation as a UNESCO City of Design.
The first two bridges being replaced with the new design are timber structures over Cowies Creek in Deppler
Park (Seagull Paddock).
Cleantech Innovations Geelong is a partnership funded through the Victorian Government, the Geelong
Manufacturing Council and the City of Greater Geelong.