Viewing platform proposed as tourist attraction for River Murray

Sending tourists over the edge

A glass-bottom bridge, spanning the River Murray, could be erected between Walker Flat and Blanchetown in the next 12 months.

With a vision to create a unique tourism experience to draw visitors to the district, the Mid Murray Council is hoping to host the only glass floor viewing platform in Australia to span the country’s largest river.

Mid Murray Mayor Dave Burgess said the idea came out of discussions with the Mid Murray Commercial Enterprises Working Party (MMCEWP).

“It (the bridge) was inspired by similar concepts at the Grand Canyon in America and places in Canada,” he said.

“We’ve got some beautiful cliffs along the river in Mid Murray and it could be another real draw card for the area.”

He said the MMCEWP would now investigate the logistics of the project.

“We have to see what it would cost us to plan and develop because if it’s too expensive we won’t go any further.

“It wouldn’t have to be a bridge… we could create a viewing platform or a horse-shoe design platform.”

“It’ll be like when you’re a kid and you lean against the window of a building to see down except we’ll have a safe barrier and the glass will be at our feet,” he said.

Council’s chief executive officer Russell Peate said the concept was discussed at two forums: one with elected members and council staff, and one with local tourism organisations.

He said the forum identified the proposed bridge as a “game-changer” for the region.

“The plan is still in its infancy but it could utilise the highest cliffs in the Mid Murray region,” he said.

At its July meeting, the MMCEWP assured that the project would include community consultation and required development approval.

Subject to funding, the working party projected the development could be realised within 12 months and Bowhill Engineering could be commissioned to construct the bridge.

The viewing platform could be another real draw card for the Murraylands region

Dave Burgess