Residents of Gundagai and surrounding areas who share fond memories of the Prince Alfred Bridge are invited to have their say and submit their ideas on how they would like to see the much-loved structure memorialised.
Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke said the NSW Government had recently opened a community survey to get ideas and feedback on potential options to celebrate and remember the important role the bridge has played in the community.
“An online community survey is now open, and I strongly encourage residents to come forward, have their say to share their ideas on how best we can celebrate and remember the historic structure,” Ms Cooke said.
“Over the years I have heard many beautiful stories and memories people have of the bridge. Members of the community have previously also shared many wonderful ideas on how to memorialise the bridge when the time came for its removal.”
“Planning is underway to remove the bridge as soon as possible to ensure public safety, so now is the time for the community to step forward to play an active role in the planning for a tribute to the cherished bridge by re-sharing their personal stories and ideas.”
The timber road viaduct has been closed to traffic since 1984 and recent engineering assessments showed major structural defects, posing significant risks to life and other infrastructure.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey the NSW Government will consider all community feedback from the survey and prepare memorial options for the community’s consideration and endorsement.
“It is hoped that if there are salvageable materials from the viaduct that these can be reused as part of a local tribute,” Mrs Pavey said.
For more information and to have your say on memorialising the bridge visit http://dpie.nsw.gov.au/gundagai-historic-bridges