Swan Hill bridge planning study

On August 2 2012, The Minister for Planning approved Amendment C41 to the Swan Hill Planning Scheme. This Amendment helps identify and reserve any necessary land that would be required for any future construction of a replacement Murray River Bridge at Swan Hill.

The Amendment also identifies other amendments to the planning scheme to facilitate the future construction of the replacement bridge.

A copy of the Amendment can be viewed at the Department of Planning and Community Development website (External link) or alternatively, it can be viewed at:

VicRoads Bendigo
53-61 Lansell Street
East Bendigo

Swan Hill Rural City Council
45 Splatt Street
Swan Hill (during office hours).

Background of the planning study

Swan Hill is the main commercial and administrative centre for the region and a popular tourist destination attracting approximately 150,000 visitors each year. It is a major freight distribution centre for produce from the surrounding region on both sides of the Murray River.

The planning studies have considered the deficiencies of the existing Murray River crossing and the future strategic growth needs of the Swan Hill and Murray Downs area.

A replacement bridge would improve road connections for current and future residents and visitors travelling between Victoria and New South Wales. The study sought to reserve the land required for the future construction of the replacement crossing at some future time.

Overview of the planning study

VicRoads has worked closely with the Roads and Maritime Services (formerly RTA), Swan Hill Rural City Council and Wakool Shire Council.

The intention of the planning study was to determine a suitable location for the replacement bridge.

Specialist studies undertaken for the planning study included:

  • traffic and economic analysis
  • flora and fauna
  • cultural heritage
  • hydrology (flooding)
  • noise
  • social impacts
  • land use
  • regional Economy
  • landscape and visual assessment
  • geotechnical.

The findings of the planning studies were used to determine the preferred option.

Consultation with key stakeholders and the local community has played a major role throughout the planning investigations.

Planning Scheme Amendment and Environmental Investigation

The planning and environmental approvals sought for the replacement bridge by VicRoads were contained in the Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA) – Victoria (supported by Planning Assessment Report (PAR).

An Environmental Investigation (EI) was also prepared to examine the environmental constraints and impacts of the preferred option in NSW.

These documents were displayed for public inspection and submission between 16 June and 27 July 2011.

In response to submissions received, a planning Panel was convened by the Minister for Planning to hear submissions on the PSA.

The Planning Panel Hearing was held from 4 to 6 October 2011 at the Swan Hill Town Hall.

The Swan Hill Bridge Panel Report was received by VicRoads acting as the Planning Authority on Friday 25 November 2011.

Following consideration and VicRoads agreement of the recommendations in the Panel Report, the Minster for Planning approved the adoption of Amendment C41 on 2 August 2012.

Contact us about the project

Call: (03) 5434 5156
Email: [email protected]
Write to: VicRoads Northern Region 53-61 Lansell St, East Bendigo, Victoria, 3550

Visit the Swan Hill Bridge planning assessment and technical information page

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