The replacement of Deep Creek Bridge will commence at the end of February next year.
The replacement of Deep Creek Bridge will commence at the end of February next year. Ute Schulenberg

Bridge nightmare almost over

THE long-awaited replacement of Deep Creek Bridge in rural Valla is due to begin in late February.

Nambucca Shire mayor Rhonda Hoban said she was hugely relieved to be able to announce the contract for the $469,000 single-lane concrete structure had been awarded and the detailed design phase had now begun.

For Valla rural resident Clare Harris-Hill it was a case of ‘better than not at all’.

“Losing this bridge has been a nightmare for so many people in rural Valla,” Ms Harris-Hill said.

“The council announced the funding months ago – we had been hoping construction would have started by now.”

Cr Hoban said the funding had come from ratepayers’ pockets, thanks to the one per cent rise above the rate-pegging limit agreed to earlier this year.

“That gave us $78,000 extra cash, which we used to raise a $500,000 loan towards replacing Deep Creek Bridge and addressing some of the serious landslip issues on Riverside Drive, Nambucca,” Cr Hoban said.

She said these two items had become a drama after the March 2009 flood because they did not meet the criteria for disaster funding to pay for repairs.

“We had in excess of $20- million of damage to our roads and bridges last year and the bulk of our claims were funded but not these two.”

While she was rejoicing the progress at Deep Creek, she was not so pleased about developments on Riverside Drive.

Early estimates for repairs have been placed at $5 million.



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