Q: How do I request the bridge to be opened so I can access the Marina with my vessel?
A: You will notice signs on both sides of the bridge and on the pylons in Auckland Creek that contain the contact number and other details. The phone number is 4979 3244. Vessel operators already in the creek can use the pylon cord that is located on either side of the bridge. If you have difficulties, please call Council's after hours Call Centre number on 4979 1134.
Q: At Gladstone Harbour Festival and other times when events are held at the Gladstone Marina, how do I find out if the bridge will be closed.
A: Council does not close the bridge without a road closure permit approved, in which case the details are published in The Observer as a public notice. This usually occurs when the Harbour Festival or other major events are on at the Marina (including fireworks). Council provides access on request: on the hour to non-commercial vessel operators; on the half an hour to trawler operators and on demand to barge operators. The bridge is only closed to pedestrians when it is allowing vessels to pass underneath or is under repair.
Q: Is there a weight limit on vehicles using the Gladstone Marina Bridge?
A: Yes. The maximum weight allowable to vehicles on the bridge is five (5) tonnes. If your vehicle weighs more than this or carries a load that makes it weigh more than five tonnes, you must use the alternative access via Alf O'Rourke Drive.
Q: How do I know if the Marina Bridge is going to open?
A: A siren sounds several minutes before the boom gates close on the Gladstone Marina Bridge. There have been instances where motorists have attempted to cross while the boom gates close and haven't considered there are gates on both sides of the bridge. As a result, they have been caught either between the two gates on the bridge or have had their vehicles struck by a boom gate. This is dangerous practice and an offence, so bridge users are encouraged to treat the warnings seriously and stop upon hearing the warning siren.
Q: How can I find out if there are problems with the bridge and how long it might be out of action?
A: Council advises Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) of any issues that affect its operation. As such, VMR provides updates to vessel operators via UHF channel 16 during those occasions. VMR can be contacted on 4972 3333. If you have difficulty accessing VMR, please call Council's after hours Call Centre number on 4979 1134.