News bulletin 40:
News bulletin 40: 15 Oct 2019

NSW will see its first dam built in 30 years - the Dungowan Dam near Tamworth. In federal/state investment of $1 billion into water infrastructure in the state, the Wyangala Dam in central western NSW will be upgraded. In Queensland, the site of the new dam near Hughenden has been ear-marked at Saego Station as part of a $300 million irrigation project.

Expressions of Interest are open for the development of vacant land in Melbourne's CBD known as the Treasury Square site that could be used for hotels or apartments.

An opinion piece by Professor Martin Loosemore from UNSW says Australia needs a different way of thinking about construction industry reform and that systems thinking could hold the key.

The contract for the second river crossing between Victoria and NSW at Echuca and Moama has been awarded to McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust). Stage 3 of the project includes a new bridge over the Murray and Campaspe Rivers, two flood relief bridges and a road.

Community feedback on the Environmental Impact Statement on the Snowy 2.0 main works is open for submissions until 6 November. The works involve the construction of an underground power station and 27 km of waterways linking the Tantangara and Talbingo Reservoirs.

Engineers at MIT in the US have put Leonardo da Vinci's proposed bridge design (the world's longest at the time) to the test and found it would have worked.

Two bridges in Asia have collapsed within days of each other. The first, a 140 metre-long arched bridge in Taiwan, fell into a river while the second, an overpass (pictured) in eastern China, fell onto a roadway.