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Old Goulburn Bridge

Imagine strolling back in time to the 1860s to enjoy the breathtaking views from the Old Goulburn Bridge of the Goulburn River and its majestic river red gums.

This is our vision for the restoration of one of the region’s most important and magnificent historical structures.

What is needed to make this a reality?

Mitchell Shire Council is seeking $4.3 million for restoration works to protect, preserve, and activate one of the region’s most significant heritage structures.

This funding would enable the preserving and re-opening of the Old Goulburn Bridge. The bridge would then connect both sides of the Goulburn River, anchoring a truly unique open space for everyone to enjoy.

What is the Old Goulburn Bridge?

Old Goulburn River Bridge was built in 1863 forming part of the Hume Freeway.

It was updated in 1892, representing much of the current form of the remaining structure.

The bridge was closed to vehicles in 1987 and has been closed to pedestrians since 1998.

Crossing the Goulburn River, when it was opened the bridge provided breathtaking views in both directions, allowing users to truly experience one of Victoria’s greatest natural treasures.

Who will benefit from the bridge restoration and why?

Restoration works to the Old Goulburn Bridge will bring to life the Council’s and Community’s vision of re-establishing a pedestrian walking path.

Residents and Tourists alike will travel back in time to the 1860s to experience the diverse landscape of the Goulburn River with its large river red gums and fast-flowing water and surrounding countryside.

The bridge will be an anchor tourist attraction, promoting economic uplift for Seymour and the region.

Why is it a State Election priority?

In 2019, Council undertook works to stabilise the existing structure, and the goal is to restore the bridge, secure its foundations, and connect it to the banks for future generations to enjoy.

Restoration of this beloved tourist attraction and historical landmark will support economic growth, small businesses, and tourism in Seymour and the region.

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This page was last updated on 14 October 2022.