Gilberton Swing Bridge

The Gilberton Swing Bridge Redevelopment Project update.

Progress update

September 2017

On Monday 4 September, works commenced at the Gilberton Swing Bridge site with the establishment of a safe work zone, followed by the removal of decking and cables.

Upcoming works over the next fortnight include the removal of existing footings and excavations for new footings.


August 2017

The redevelopment works on the Gilberton Swing Bridge are set to get underway in August 2017, with the project scheduled to be completed by January 2018.

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters together with project partner the Town of Walkerville, have appointed South Australian civil construction contractors, Civil Tech, to undertake the construction of the Gilberton Swing Bridge.

The initial project timeframes had been delayed due to the need to develop a design that respected the historical significance and heritage status of the Bridge, while meeting modern standards of safety and design.


The heritage listed Gilberton Swing Bridge (the Swing Bridge) is located within the River Torrens Linear Park, connecting the suburbs of St Peters and Gilberton and is jointly owned by the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters and the Town of Walkerville.

The Swing Bridge holds great historical significance having been used by pedestrians for almost 100 years and is valued by the local community.


In 2012, both councils identified that the structure was coming to the end of its useful life and as seen in 2013, a detailed assessment of the Swing Bridge was undertaken and identified the need for a major redevelopment.

As such, the work was budgeted for by both Councils in their 2015-2016 budgets.

The Swing Bridge then sustained extensive damage during the storm events which occurred in September 2016 and was deemed unsafe for public access.

As public safety is a priority for both councils, a joint decision was made to temporarily close the Swing Bridge to undertake a total refurbishment of the structure.

Developing a decision which respects the historical uniqueness of the Swing Bridge and at the same time meets modern standards has contributed significantly to delaying timeframes.

Gilberton Swing Bridge Project timeline

  • September 2015


    Development Assessment Commission (DAC) appointed as assessing authority.

  • November 2015


    Development Application lodged with DAC.

  • April 2016


    Planning Consent granted and private certification for Building Rules Consent lodged.

  • June 2016


    Identified need to undertake modifications to the design to ensure requirements of certification process were met whilst ensuring the heritage nature of the Swing Bridge was maintained.

  • May 2017


    Building Rules Consent provided.

  • June 2017


    Tender process for awarding contract to construct new bridge.

  • September 2017

    In progress

    Redevelopment construction works.

  • 12 January 2018


    Project completion.

  • 13 January 2018


    Official Opening Ceremony
    10am - 12 pm
    Community event.

More information


Matthew Hill, Acting Project Manager – Civil
City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters
T: 08 8366 4559