Woodlea crosses a new bridge


Sarah Oliver

A 60 metre long bridge that will connect Bonniebrook and Aintree is under construction.

The key part of the infrastructure, the Bonniebrook Bridge will provide residents with access to schools, parks and the Woodlea town centre.

The bridge designed in consultation with Melbourne Water, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Melton council, is expected to carry 10,000 vehicles per day.

The bridge will be positioned to avoid disturbing sensitive habitat areas such as the recently-announced Growling Grass Frog wetland, which will be developed in a bid to help save the frog from extinction.

Woodlea project director Matthew Dean said it was a delicate job to develop within the endangered species’ home along the Kororoit Creek.

“Being home to the first purpose-built wetland habitat in Melbourne is something the community can be proud of, as the Growling Grass Frog is one of Australia’s largest frog species, so it was important we could do our part in protecting it from extinction,” he said.

“Developing around this wetland has been of paramount importance, particularly as the community continues to expand, so it has been a collaborative process working alongside DELWP, Melbourne Water and the Melton city council.”

Woodlea is aimimh to become Australia’s healthiest community, with more than 30 per cent of the entire development (300,000 square metres) dedicated to green open spaces.

The estate has also committed more than $15 million in environmental restoration and infrastructure works, which includes preserving bushland and waterways.

Bonniebrook Bridge is due for completion in mid-2022.

Details: woodlea.com.au/