SAVE OUR PIECE OF RAIL HIS­TORY

The his­toric Red Gully Rail Bridge in Mun­dub­bera could be knocked down within days

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

COM­MU­NITY groups have warned the iconic Red Gully rail bridge in Mun­dub­bera could be torn down within days af­ter a last minute ef­fort to save it failed.

The State Gov­ern­ment sold the rail­way in­fra­struc­ture along the rail cor­ri­dor over 12 months ago, which in­cluded the bridge and now con­trac­tors are pre­par­ing to rip it up.

Deputy Mayor Faye Whe­lan said she was per­son­ally up­set to see it go.

AN iconic rail bridge in Mun­dub­bera could be torn down be­fore the week is over as a last minute ef­fort to save it failed.

The Red Gully Bridge in Mun­dub­bera, part of the Mun­gar to Monto line, was opened in 1915.

The State Gov­ern­ment sold the in­fra­struc­ture, along the rail cor­ri­dor over 12 months ago, which in­cluded the bridge.

Mike Goebel from the Bur­nett River Rail Trail said the town was set to lose a part of its his­tory.

“It is a bit of her­itage that is go­ing to go soon; it’s been

Mike Goebel: Peo­ple bet­ter take pho­tos of the bridge now be­cause it will be gone soon.

there 100 years,” he said.

“There is 100 years of his­tory go­ing to go out of Mun­dub­bera and no one knows about it.

“We’re talk­ing within a week.

“Peo­ple bet­ter take pho­tos of the bridge now be­cause it will be gone soon.”

Mr Goebel said he had heard a lot of peo­ple in the com­mu­nity were up­set by the de­ci­sion.

“The main his­tor­i­cal rail bridge at Mun­dub­bera is to be re­moved this week and residents are con­tact­ing me with the hope of re­tain­ing it,” he said.

“The Red Gully Bridge com­pli­ments the Mun­dub­bera Rail­way precinct and the Bur­nett River Rail Trail.

“It is a strong, sound, im­pres­sive struc­ture which al­lows ac­cess to the Mun­dub­bera air­port in times of flood events.”

Deputy Mayor Faye Whe­lan said coun­cil had done all it could to try and save the 100-year-old struc­ture that sits on a flood plain.

“The mayor has called up the De­part­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads who is deal­ing with this line and un­for­tu­nately that bridge and Pig and Calf Yard Bridge have been sold to con­trac­tors,” Cr Whe­lan said.

“Both of those bridges have been sold to the con­trac­tor that is pulling up the line.

“Be­cause of the high value of the ma­te­ri­als, we would have to pur­chase the bridge off the con­trac­tor.

“When I say we, it would have to be coun­cil and coun­cil don’t have the re­sources to pur­chase the bridge, as we are com­mit­ted to the new bud­get and not in the po­si­tion to pur­chase and main­tain the bridge.

“If we did have the re­sources, it means we’d have to main­tain that bridge for­ever.”

Cr Whe­lan said she was per­son­ally very sad the com­mu­nity would lose the bridge.

“I’m re­ally sad my­self, per­son­ally very sad, that a his­toric struc­ture is go­ing to be de­mol­ished, but be­cause of the fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions I can’t do any­thing about it,” she said.

“When I first came to Mun­dub­bera, my first home was 200m from it.

“I used to walk my chil­dren when they were ba­bies un­der the bridge to the aero­drome; it has great mem­o­ries, that’s why I’m sad to see it go.

“I don’t think I will visit that area for a pe­riod of time be­cause I don’t want to see it gone, it’s a tragedy that we are go­ing to lose such a mag­nif­i­cent struc­ture.”

Trains stopped run­ning over the bridge, and the line in gen­eral, in 2008.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

HIS­TORY DE­STROYED: The Red Gully Bridge could be pulled down within the week.

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