The Shire of Collie has contracted Enviro Infrastructure to design and construct a new pedestrian access elevated footbridge and viewing platform in and around the Jack Mears Spring reserve (portion of Reserve 34343) managed by the Shire of Collie. The project is consistent with the recommendations of the Jack Mears Spring Rehabilitation Landscape Management Plan (2017) prepared by the Shire in collaboration with key stakeholders, the Collie community, local Noongar community members, including Traditional Owners and Elders.

This footbridge link is intended to:

  • resolve the steep gravel path currently used to access Jack Mears Reserve from the existing footpath;
  • remove foot traffic from this sensitive area, whilst enhancing the interpretive aspect of this significant natural spring site; and
  • Replace the old timber bridge currently located over the spring, and replace the dilapidated gazebo and demolished timber walkway with a new elevated walkway and viewing platform.

The Jack Mears Spring Boardwalk project was jointly funded by the Australian Government and Collie Shire Council. Australian Government funding of $275,000 was provided through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program. This program supports local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across Australia.

This footbridge and viewing platform will also integrate the Collie disk golf park opened in April 2022 to the rest of the same stretch of river foreshore.

Onsite works are scheduled to commence on the 9th May 2023. Timber from the demolished bridge and gazebo will be donated to the Men’s Shed of Collie.

Jack Mears Spring Boardwalk final report
Appendix B – Concept Site Plan