His­toric mem­o­ries

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

PORT Dou­glas res­i­dent Peter Hinch­cliffe had a pleas­ant re­minder of older days re­cently when pass­ing through an area along the Cap­tain Cook High­way that had been burnt off ahead of the hot sea­son.

At a point south of Wangetti near drain marker post 246 the burn has ex­posed the orig­i­nal sin­gle lane con­crete bridge which crossed a creek on the road north to Port Dou­glas and Moss­man.

‘‘In the 70s, and ear­lier for oth­ers, I can re­call this bridge with its Give Way sign was one of many north of Townsville. Th­ese bridges spanned some deep wa­ter which dur­ing the wet sea­son al­ways caused a few mo­ments of con­cern.’’

Mr Hinch­cliffe sees the con­crete rem­nant as some­thing worth keep­ing, a me­mento of the road’s his­tory and the jour­ney to to­day.

‘‘It would be a won­der­ful ges­ture by the main roads peo­ple to keep the area cleared around the bridge and also lo­cate a sign sig­ni­fy­ing how the road has im­proved so the tourists can ap­pre­ci­ate the im­proved road we all now en­joy,’’ he says.

‘‘Does any­body else in Port feel the same way? Please let me know so I can pur­sue the idea.’’

How about it? Mr Hinch­cliffe’s email ad­dress is: gday­hinch@gmail.com

RE­VEALED: re­mains of sin­gle lane bridge

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