The 1903 De Burgh bridge at Tabulam is being pulled down at a startling speed.
After the completion of the two-lane new bridge, Transport for NSW is wasting no time removing the old timber bridge alongside it.
This came straight after an injunction to stop the demolition was refused in the Land and Environment Court.
Kyogle Council mayor Danielle Mulholland said Transport for NSW assured her that all components of the old bridge would be put into storage until the community made a decision on the best way to use the timber to commemorate the historic bridge.
This could include a pathway, bench seats in the park and using part of the components to create a ‘walking the bridge’ experience, she said.
“We will find a way to commemorate the First Nations and the Light Horse history.”
Residents are invited to submit suggestions for a name for the new two-lane bridge.
Submissions should be made as soon as possible and addressed to the General Manager and mailed to Kyogle Council, PO Box 11, Kyogle NSW 2474 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
This article appeared in the Richmond River Independent, 4 November 2020.