Surf Coast Shire Council has prepared concept designs for reinstated bridges at Stony Creek Nature Reserve in Lorne.

A severe storm on 14 September 2016 damaged three bridges at the reserve, two beyond repair.

Restoration of the river crossings will be jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) for eligible expenditures

A new culvert design for two of the river crossings will mean emergency vehicles will be able to access the track at Stony Creek Nature Reserve in the event of a bush fire or other natural disaster.

The downstream timber bridge will be reinstated after repairs, with the two upstream bridges to be replaced with a culvert system that allows migration of fish and provides access for emergency vehicles.

Council is seeking quotes from suitable contractors to design and build the river crossings and is aiming to have works completed in time for the holiday season.

Until the bridge works are complete, residents and visitors are asked to obey signage in the reserve for their safety.

Concept designs for reinstated bridges at Stony Creek Nature Reserve Lorne

Concept designs for reinstated bridges at Stony Creek Nature Reserve Lorne