It would seem that the ALPs long term plans for Canberra do not in anyway include Tharwa. Apparently the bridge is now indefinitely closed to all traffic, including pedestrians.
Now one could suggest that maybe this is Mr Stanhope’s way of getting back at one of his most strident critics, Val Jeffery, who we remember took Stanhope to task over the fires.
However, I would not suggest this is the case. Moreso, the sleepy little town of Tharwa does not seem to fit the Stanhope view of the world and so, by death from a thousand cuts, he is slowly killing the place.
First the school, now the bridge. People will be forced to move and no-one will want to move back. The town will die and Canberra will have lost a living part of it’s heritage.
Interesting that the government closes the school then refuses to fix the bridge meaning that students will now have to spend extra time getting to a school when there is a perfectly good school already in existence.
I have but one question. How can the ACT government not fix the bridge?
We have the GDE, the gaol, the aboretum, but there is no money to fix a bridge. The residents of Tharwa have commented that they feel like third world citizens. I have to agree with them.
This is surely one of the lowest points of the Stanhope government’s administration and a clear sign of their contempt for the electorate.
The history of the bridge is here.