Residents of the Gundagai region are reminded to have their say on ideas to memorialise the Prince Alfred Bridge, with just under two weeks left before a community survey closes.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said more than 40 responses have so far been received with the survey still open until 31 October.

“It’s fantastic to see the enthusiasm being shown by the community and I encourage those who have not yet registered their views to provide their advice in the next 10 days,” Ms Cooke said.

“Ideas put forward so far have included retaining pier sections where possible, creating a viewing platform, displaying photos from different eras, and reusing timber to create community furniture, sculptures, or even a miniature viaduct model.

“Other creative suggestions include a walking track with picnic spots on the viaduct route, planting an avenue of native trees, and high-tech ideas like a virtual reality or QR-code history display, or even a 3D laser memorial to light up the night sky.”

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said once the survey closes, all public input will be assessed and a report provided to the community on favoured options.

“The community has expressed a desire for bridge material to be salvaged and reused and we are committed to doing that if possible,” Mrs Pavey said.

“If viaduct piers are in suitable condition for short sections to be safely retained, we will also do that to honour the bridge’s memory.”

Meanwhile, preparations continue for the planned removal of the disused timber viaduct from next month, after engineering assessments showed major structural defects, posing significant risks to the community and other infrastructure.

For more information and to have your say, visit Gundagai Historic Bridges.