News and Media Releases

8th Feb 2019 - Podcast: The Bridge
On 15 October 1970, in Australia’s worst modern industrial accident, a 2000-ton span of the West Gate Bridge fell during construction. Thirty-five bridge workers died and a further eighteen were... Read More >
17th Oct 2018 - Sally McManus speech to 48th Anniversary of the West Gate Bridge collapse

I’d like to start by acknowledging the Wurundjeri people of Kulin nation of whose land we are now standing.

It is worth recalling what happened on this land and why we are here today.

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8th Oct 2018 - Luke Hilakari, Secretary VTHC, Westgate Bridge speech October 15 2016

Can I begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land, the Wurundjeri people, pay my deep respects to their elders both past and those here present. Always was, always will be aboriginal...

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9th Oct 2013 - Join us to commemorate

On the 15th of October 2018, we will gather again to remember Australia’s worst industrial accident, its victims and the brave workers who risked everything to recover the dead and hurt. It will...

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10th May 2013 - Speech delivered at the West Gate Bridge memorial ceremony Oct 15 2012

Mr. Chairman and assembled guests my name is Henry Owens from Strokestown Co Roscommon Ireland.  I am the youngest brother of Joe whom we commemorate here today.  We the Owens family...

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22nd Oct 2012 - 2012 commemoration brings visitors and messages from around the globe

Again we gathered at the foot of the bridge that is a daily reminder to the survivors of the horror of that October day in 1970 when 35 comrades lost their lives....

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9th Oct 2012 - 15 October 2012 – West Gate tragedy commemoration

From 11.00am, gather at the memorial plaque under the bridge in Hyde St Spotswood.11.50am - One minute’s silence and wreath-laying at the memorial plaque. Speakers: Dean Mighell, Al and Henry...

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27th Sep 2012 - Warning about condition of West Gate Bridge

Please click here to read the warning by VicRoads to the State...

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25th Sep 2012 - Second river crossing

Government plans for a second river crossing to take the traffic burden off West Gate Bridge have been mothballed.

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