Bridge’s dark future

Red Gully Bridge would cost thou­sands to main­tain

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

THE Red Gully Bridge in Mun­dub­bera has stood as a gate­way to the town for the past 100 years.

In July, it was an­nounced the bridge would be de­stroyed by De­part­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads Con­trac­tors.

The com­mu­nity re­acted, of­fer­ing the buy the bridge from the con­trac­tors. The de­part­ment also chipped in, of­fer­ing to pay half of the $20,000 wanted for the bridge.

It looked like the bridge would be saved, but now that future is looking dim­mer.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil deputy CEO David Wiskar on Novem­ber 16 told coun­cil­lors the main group which could main­tain the bridge had taken a step back from the project.

“The Mun­dub­bera En­ter­prise As­so­ci­a­tion eval­u­ated it and came to a clear de­ci­sion they did not have the ca­pac­ity to do it,” MrWiskar said.

MrWiskar said a new re­port by McMur­trie Con­sult­ing En­gi­neers for the coun­cil, which cost $3000, showed there were a num­ber of is­sues with the bridge.

“The re­port is not en­tirely what we want... but to get an as­set man­age­ment plan done is tens of thou­sands of dol­lars,” MrWiskar said.

“That’s just to discover how big the prob­lem is.”

Cr Faye Whe­lan told the coun­cil the com­mu­nity was “hell-bent” on keep­ing the bridge.

“We had a look at lit­i­ga­tion and what could come back on coun­cil,” Cr Whe­lan said.

“I per­son­ally would like to see the bridge re­tained, but it comes down to the on­go­ing main­te­nance of it.

“We can’t have coun­cil re­spon­si­ble long term for that as­set.”

PHOTO: TOBI LOFTUS

HISTORY: North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil is at odds with how to save the bridge.

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