The Rail Bridge over Kismet Creek, Sunbury, was constructed c.1859 on the Melbourne-Bendigo line for the Victorian Railways. Constructed of basalt, it comprises five arched spans with basalt facing to semi-circular arches on piers, with transverse abutments to the creek. It carries a double railway line.
How is it significant?
The Rail Bridge over Kismet Creek, Sunbury is historically and architecturally significant to the State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
The Rail Bridge is historically significant for its associations with the opening of the 'main trunk lines', Victoria's first railway lines (c.1857 - c.1869). These were the formative years of railway development in Victoria.
The Rail Bridge is architecturally significant as a rare example of mid-nineteenth century stonemasonry. The transverse abutments are unusual and join an equally rare basalt channel. The rail bridge is also a notable element in the surrounding landscape, and for its relationship with the nearby road and rail bridges.
The Rail Bridge over Kismet Creek, Sunbury is historically significant for its associations with the opening of the 'main trunk' lines, c.1857 - c.1869. These were the formative years of railway development in Victoria. This period of railway construction was characterised by lavish expenditure on railway structures, designed in accordance with the British standards of the time. (Harrigan, 1962) (Beeston, 1995)
1. All alterations are to be planned and carried out in a manner that prevents damage to the fabric of the registered place or object.
2. Should it become apparent during further inspection or the carrying out of alterations that original or previously hidden or inaccessible details of the place or object are revealed which relate to the significance of the place or object, then the exemption covering such alteration shall cease and the Executive Director shall be notified as soon as possible.
3. If there is a conservation policy and plan approved by the Executive Director, all works shall be in accordance with it.
4. Nothing in this declaration prevents the Executive Director from amending or rescinding all or any of the permit exemptions.
5. Nothing in this declaration exempts owners or their agents from the responsibility to seek relevant planning or building permits from the responsible authority where applicable.
No permit is required for works on the deck of the bridge, the incorporated superstructure which supports the track, for the maintenance of operational and safety standards, or for any emergency works relating to the substructure and superstructure of the bridge.
The purpose of the permit exemptions is to allow works that do not impact on the significance of the place to occur without the need for a permit. Track works and maintenance to the bridge that does not affect the structure or appearance of the bridge do not require a permit. Maintaining the picturesque setting of the bridge should be taken into acount when considering a permit application.