A bridge with two names

The $18.6 million Lansdowne Bridge Replacement project presented a challenge to Roads and Maritime Services (now Transport for NSW). A new crossing would improve traffic safety, reduce disruption due to maintenance and eliminate lead paint contamination of the Mulwaree River. Although the original 1902 bridge was rickety, it was also loved by locals. Community consultation would be key to the success of the project, from the planning stages through to conclusion of works.


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.


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