The winning consortium, which is made up of Georgiou Group and BMD Constructions, will form an alliance with Main Roads Western Australia and design consultant BG&E to undertake the project. Preliminary design investigations are already under way, with site works expected to begin in May 2023 subject to weather conditions and resolution of relevant approvals.

In late December 2022, Tropical Cyclone Ellie crossed the Northern Territory coast and the subsequent tropical low settled over the Fitzroy River Catchment causing significant damage to the Fitzroy Crossing Bridge (below) and sections of Great Northern Highway. 

Fitzroy River Bridge - the bridge was damaged in December 2022

A formal alliance agreement with the preferred proponent will be executed in the coming weeks, with the new bridge expected to be operational by the end of 2024.

Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan said: “The appointment of a preferred proponent is a critical step in reconnecting the Great Northern Highway, and getting the Fitzroy Bridge rebuilt.

“The preferred proponents we have announced have a significant experience in this space, and importantly have capacity to deliver these works in our heated construction market.”

Federal infrastructure, transport, regional development and local government minister Catherine King said: “A permanent, and more resilient bridge not only restores the connection for the communities on the two sides of the river but also provides more certainty about freight routes.”

WA minister for planning Hon Rita Saffioti said: “I commend Main Roads for fast-tracking its procurement process to allow construction to begin as quickly as possible.”