Roads and Maritime Services (now Transport for NSW) chose Artefact to manage their community consultation and mitigation measures. We developed a Heritage Interpretation Plan, and consulted with both the local Aboriginal community and the Goulburn Heritage Group. Considerate and open communication ensured that concerns were aired and addressed, while recycled timber from the old bridge was built into a series of 5 interpretive panels developed by Artefact.
The new bridge opened to the public in August 2019. According to Abergeldie, the head contractors, ‘the construction of the new Lansdowne Bridge in 2019 has provided an invaluable piece of infrastructure to the Goulburn community’.
Locals certainly agree. The bridge also received a second name commemorating Harold E Freeman, a respected local Aboriginal Elder. Amongst the first people to cross it was a smiling 88-year-old local whose grandfather had helped build the original bridge over a century ago.