$1 million for new west gate bridge memorial park

Sunday, 14 December, 2003

Melbourne's West Gate Bridge collapsed during construction on 15 October 1970, claiming the lives of 35 workers. It was the worst single workplace catastrophe in Australian history.

The 33rd anniversary commemoration of the collapse, on Wednesday 15 October, was attended by the Victorian Premier, Steve Bracks, family and friends of the dead workers, men who worked on the bridge and those committed to the cause of construction safety.

At the commemoration, the Premier announced the winning design for a memorial park, costing $1 million, to be built on the site. The building of the new West Gate Memorial Bridge Park will be funded by the Victorian WorkCover Authority, the Community Support Fund, Parks Victoria and VicRoads, which will each contribute $250,000.

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