Wyndham heritage to be respected
Monday, 3 July 2017
Council staff have also been looking at how it can preserve the history of the Pretty Point Bridge.
“There is a sense of grief within the community about the loss of this iconic timber structure, but I am hoping we can turn that into a positive collaboration between residents and Council,” Director of Transport and Utilities, Terry Dodds said.Sections of bridge trusses, which date back to 1896, remain in Council’s compound. There was vigorous discussion at last week’s Council meeting about how to reuse the remaining sections creatively within the Wyndham area.
“We’ll go to the community for their ideas on how to utilise the remaining sections of the bridge trusses that whilst beautiful are not structurally sound for bridge construction, as they suffer from rotting timbers. Perhaps they could be used in a park as a sculpture, or as part of an entrance to the village,” Mr Dodds suggested.
Last week’s Council meeting heard of the effort staff went to, to try and reuse sections of the bridge as part of the structures upgrade. Over the period since 2009 Council has been considering options which were signed off in 2013 and the work has commenced. The proposal to install a decorative truss as part of the works has been worked on by staff since then. In 2016 it became obvious that the cost was prohibitive and a report to Council in November 2016 reported on this. "
"I apologise unreservedly if this outcome has not been circulated broadly in the Wyndham community,” Mr Dodds said.
“Engineering staff looked at a range of options to somehow restore the ageing historic trusses, in the end we must move forward with an option that meets a need and sits within our budget and practicalities.”
“All Councillors and the staff involved regret how this has played out at times, much of it beyond our control, but I think we can all come together now in a celebration of history, while building a new bridge that serves the community into the future,” Mr Dodds said.
Bega Valley Shire Council oversees the maintenance of 227 bridges through an ongoing renewal process supported by State and Federal Government grant monies.
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I direct this to the General Manager Leane Barnes:
I was disappointed to read the transcript of your meeting 28th June regarding the Pretty Point Bridge where it points out in the excerpt below that is appears I have 'moved on' from the issue of the reconstruction of this heritage bridge.
I would strongly point out that the promise to replace the trusses on the bridge in question has my full support. In no way have I moved on from the issue and and agree to the bridge construction that Council has now proposed, reneging on the original heritage reconstruction.
I do not offer opinions on my local history website only the facts as they are or were written at the time.
Do not put words or imply as to what I think in your Council business without my authority.
"I know all the history of Towamba I’ve got all the information of Kate Cleary’s all her documentation and she’s got all the history on the Towamba bridge and all the bridges we have built at Towamba and I was involved in a couple of those bridges and all that bridge got shifted to New Buildings she’s got all that history and I think if you’ve got somebody like her doing the history on Pretty Point and moving forward from a truss bridge to the bridge we’ve got now it’s all going to be documented. It’s all on the computer anybody can look it up. The history, it’s all there."