Platform for opinions
DOUGLAS Shire Council says the community will be consulted on any new platform to be considered for the site of the old Mowbray River bridge.
The council removed the old bridge platform last week after receiving an expert engineer’s report which warned of “the possibility of cata- strophic failure and the potential for serious injury”.
The area was barricaded off by the council several months ago for safety reasons but people continued to use the platform — and the latest inspection showed it had deteriorated considerably.
Mayor Julia Leu said the council would now conduct an assessment of the structural condition of the remaining piers and prepare a report on options for a new platform and anticipated costs for the new council.
“Council will undertake a thorough community consultation process to determine options for the replacement of a jetty as soon as all necessary technical information is available,” Mayor Leu said.
“It will be up to the new council, following local government elections on March 19, to determine if the platform is to be replaced and, if so, what type of structure is preferred, so this can be included in the capital works budget.
“It is well recognised that this popular fishing and viewing spot is loved by the community, and now that the safety issues have been substantially addressed, staff can plan to comprehensively consult the community with regards to desirable options for replacement, redesign or alternative locations.”