Mending of bridge in troubled waters

'A DISASTER with no relief' is how Boggy Creek resident Gabrielle Tindall is describing the predicament of herself and two other families stranded on the other side of what was the bridge access to their homes.

Last Tuesday's powerful flash flood not only smashed the bridge but also washed out road approaches to the crossing and uprooted a number of trees, which are now precariously balanced against the wreckage.

The fallout however appears to be how to get the bridge fixed.

It turns out that although the bridge is on a Bellingen Shire Council public road, it is not actually on the council's bridge register and therefore not part of its maintenance program.

“According to the original development application this particular bridge is part of the multiple occupancy (Shambala) that owns the surrounding land,” council's director of engineering, Mike Edsall said.

“The community has been maintaining the road and the bridge for years.

“Now the bridge is destroyed the council can't now access funding for it.”

Mr Edsall did say the council was doing its best to help find an appropriate funding source for the community to lodge a private funding application.

This news is of little immediate comfort to Ms Tindall, who is still recovering from a bone marrow transplant in September last year and requires frequent medical check-ups.

A representative from the Shambala Co-Operative said funding sources were being sought through the official channels with the relevant government departments.



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