The largest transport infrastructure project in northern Victoria is now complete and open to traffic, months ahead of schedule.
After more than 140 years with a single Murray River crossing, locals and visitors to the region can now enjoy safer and easier travel between Echuca and Moama.
Cyclists and pedestrians are also benefitting from the project, with nearly 5 kilometres of new safe and scenic walking and cycling paths now open between the Murray Valley Highway in Echuca and the Cobb Highway in Moama.
While major works are complete and traffic is flowing over the new bridges, we’ll continue to undertake some finishing works throughout April.
Most works will take place from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, and 7am to 1pm Saturdays.
The timing of our works may change depending on weather and site conditions. Some works may need to be undertaken out of- hours. If this happens near you, we’ll let you know in advance.
Yorta Yorta elder Aunty Judy Atkinson joined by special guests at the unveiling of the monument
An important new monument has been unveiled on the Echuca-Moama Bridge Project that represents the tale of The Woman and The Serpent, a Dreamtime story about the Yorta Yorta people and the creation of the Murray River.
The artwork was created by local artist, Yorta Yorta elder Aunty Judy Atkinson using seventeen steel panels. The artwork is named Dhungala Dreaming – ‘Dhungala’ being the Yorta Yorta name for the Murray River.
The artwork has been installed along the new shared walking and cycling path, near the Echuca Lawn Tennis Club in Victoria Park.
In 2019, the United Nations designated the period between 2022 and 2032 as the International Decade of Indigenous Languages, with the aim of preserving, protecting, and promoting indigenous languages around the world.
Indigenous naming is a priority across the entire Victorian and NSW transport portfolio, and we’re committed to supporting and celebrating Aboriginal culture and language.
Language plays an important part in the preservation of culture and connection for Traditional Owners, who have strong ancestral connections to Country. These connections link past, present and future generations to one another.
Here in Echuca and Moama, we’re taking vital steps to protect, revitalise and promote Indigenous languages.
We’ve worked closely with Yorta Yorta Aboriginal Nation Corporation, Moama Local Aboriginal Land Council and Cummeragunja Local Aboriginal Land Council to identify Aboriginal language names that resonate with the local area, and the history and customs of the Traditional Owners.
First Nations People have lived alongside the Murray and Campaspe rivers for thousands of years. The local rivers are part of their identity, as it’s where they grew up and found their livelihood and where they continue to live on Country to this present day.
The name chosen for the new bridge across the Murray River is ‘Dhungala Bridge’, meaning Murray River Bridge in Yorta Yorta language. The name chosen for the new bridge across the Campaspe River is ‘Yakoa Bridge’, meaning Campaspe River Bridge in Yorta Yorta language.
These new names align with the essential themes of nature and connection, acknowledging the geographical location of the new bridges.