Birrong Indigenous Services, contracting to Seymour Whyte, recently awarded Marsupial landscape works on the new Nepean River Green Bridge, currently under construction. Marsupial will also complete 2 years of landscape maintenance for the RMS once construction has been completed.
Adjacent to Victoria Bridge, the new pedestrian and cyclist bridge spans the Nepean River between Penrith and Emu Plains and has the largest uninterrupted span of any pedestrian bridge in Australia, at 200 metres long. The bridge will provide a much needed safe crossing for pedestrians and cyclists over the Nepean River and improve connections to existing and future shared paths, including the Great River Walk.
The contract sees Marsupial providing soft landscaping services on both sides of the bridge. The works to be carried out include supply and placement of topsoiling, retaining walls, planting of native grasses, shrubs and trees, turf grass installation, mulching, weeding, mowing and ongoing maintenance for a 2 year period.
Some of the challenges in maintaining the site include protecting the heritage integrity of the surrounds and mitigating risks, such as potential flooding. The overall objectives will be to establish the landscape and nurture the site for long term growth and aesthetics for residents and visitors to enjoy.