[First filed: Jun 7, 2010 @ 8:45]
Dear Canberra Neighbours,
I just found this site, and thought I might let you know that the old wooden Collector Town Creek Bridge (that you cross directly before arriving at the Collector Pumpkin Festival) is being demolished by our local council this month – maybe even this week – bridge closed sign markers appeared late last week, and I anticipate that the Upper Lachlan Council will want the bridge gone as quickly and quietly as possible, to prevent any community action.
This is wanton destruction of an important historical bridge which was built in the 1880’s. The Collector Bridge is on the old Federal Highway to Canberra and is part of the route that was used by pioneers to Southern New South Wales from the 1830’s. In addition it is adjacent to the site where Governor Macquarie named Lake George in October 1820.
Upper Lachlan Shire Council wishes to destroy this bridge within the next month without having any heritage assessment made. They wish to replace it with a low level culvert 1.5 metres below the level of the current bridge and dig up and lower the old Highway for 100 metres on each side. We consider this to be an act of vandalism against the heritage of the town but also of the State of New South Wales.
If anyone on here had anything to do with the preservation of the Tharwa Bridge, and how you went about it, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org !
Help us SAVE OUR BRIDGE!
Please sign the online petition to protest the destruction of the historic Collector Bridge here:
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