A “SYMBOLIC” day signalling the completion of extensive flood damage repairs around the shire was marked on Friday.
Four bridges were officially reopened at a ceremony on the new Double Creek Bridge at Brogo, attended by Member for Bega Andrew Constance, Mayor Bill Taylor and Bega Valley Shire councillors, council staff and local residents.
Cr Taylor said bridges at Tantawangalo, Rocky Hall and Brogo had been completely rebuilt using National Disaster Funding administered by NSW Roads and Maritime Services.
“Council was successful in securing $2 million of state funding to replace these vital community links,” Cr Taylor said.
“It is a good day to recognise the cooperation of the two levels of government.
“Accessibility is a function of local government, but when roads wash away it’s a problem too big for just us and we rely on the generosity of state government.
“I would like to thank the NSW Government for providing financial assistance, the local communities for showing understanding during the reconstruction period, and we shouldn’t forget the on-site workers who toiled in extreme conditions ranging from sub-zero to 46C,” Cr Taylor said.
Local engineering firm Andrew Marshman and Associates designed the four bridges now capable of withstanding future flood events.
Cr Taylor said there had been a good response to the public tenders for the work and two contractors, Bridging Australia and Kenpass, had been awarded two bridges each for a total cost of $3.4million.
“Three of the four bridges were completed rapidly last year and the fourth, which happened to be the most remote at Rocky Hall, was completed at Easter this year.
“The works were completed in sensitive river environments, and I’m pleased to note the high standard of environmental management adopted by council staff and contractors.”
Mr Constance thanked the council for the way the work was handled and progressed, and applauded the local community for its patience.
“I’m sure the community will appreciate the way the bridge has been designed and it is good to know the structure will withstand future floods,” he said.