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Point Hut closed – Tharwa F**ked

By Ntp - 2 July 2007 30

Over on Youtube mddawson1 has posted some footage of the closure of Point Hut crossing over the last few days due to flooding. It’s only a minor flood but mddawson1 makes some interesting and valid observations which I’ve added along with the footage:

“Due to the rain & snow the Canberra region has recieved over the past week, the Murrumbidgee River in south Canberra has flooded the Point Hut crossing. This was a minor flood but it has caused the crossing to be closed to traffic for 2 days.

The residents of Tharwa who previously had a 5km trip to Canberra until the closure of Tharwa Bridge in sept 2006 have been travelling 15km through Point Hut crossing since then. Due to the crossing being flooded they now have to travel 40km through Cotter to get to Canberra.

NOTE: Apologies for the overly dramatic music in the clip – I love Sculthorpe’s music & I have been wanting to use some for a while now. Also apologies for all the typos – the footy on TV was calling me & I neglected to proof read what I had typed.”

Footage below…

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Maybe those lazy Revolve pricks could use all their leftover broken lamps and bicycle bits and make a bridge for the Tharwans.

Thumper 1:24 pm 04 Jul 07

I am well aware of the tender process Sammy although I have nothing to do with them these days.

I’m actually amazed that it wasn’t muted ages ago when the bridge was declared US and as you said, if there already exists approved plans then the whole thing should take no time at all.

Maelinar 1:23 pm 04 Jul 07

Why can’t some backyard blokes from Tharwa go out and knock themselves up a bridge then if they want it so much ?

Oh that’s right, the Government should pay for it.

As an alternative, an entrepreneurial Canberra/Tharwa organisation could install a pontoon, if it was too unsteady to carry vehicles, alternative arrangements could be made to provide a vehicle for use in Canberra (discounted rate from Thrifty etc), for excursions into the big city.

The only incompetence I see here is the ability of the Tharwa community to impress upon the Government that their situation is more dire than an Al Grasby statue or an Arboretum, which really does smack of a bunch of whingers with no real problem.

Sammy 1:02 pm 04 Jul 07

And i’m not sure, but I vaguely remember hearing that approved plans already exist? That speeds things up a bit.

Sammy 1:01 pm 04 Jul 07

I would have thought one could have been built quicker than a year

Unfortunately, unlike most backyard pergola building exercises, it’s not just a matter of some blokes turning up with tools and materials, and knocking up a bridge.

Lets scratch-out a rough process:

1. Tenders for design circulated
2. Tender process performed & awarded
3. Winning tenderer performs surveys, and completes a draft design
4. Design circulated, with the usual rounds of changes, possibly involving re-surveying etc.
5. Design finally approved, and submitted for planning approval.
6. The planning process then takes a few months.
7. If they’re lucky, plans are approved without change. If not, go back to step 4 and repeat.
8. Tenders circulated for construction
9. Tender process blah blah
10. Tender for construction awarded
11. Construction commences within a few months (hopefully)

This is probably close to worst case scenario.

Thumper 12:27 pm 04 Jul 07

Yeah, I believe so Caf.

I’d like to see the old bridge fixed but it would appear that the previous reconstruction, which was substandard, has ensured that it has decayed moreso to the point of being US for the rest of it’s life. I do believe that was the current government that stuffed up there.

Sad fact that we can’t, or haven’t, looked after something culturally, historically and socially significant. that’s why I believe it should remain there.

Having said that, the residents of Tharwa certainly need a bridge. Although I’m no expert in bridge building I would have thought one could have been built quicker than a year.

At least the money is there for it.

Any bridge experts out there?

caf 12:12 pm 04 Jul 07

From the Stateline transcript it seems that the bridge is expected to be completed by October 2008.

Thumper 11:52 am 04 Jul 07

Pandy,

“BTW the bridge in Gundagi is closed to all traffic.”

Ah yeah, I am well aware that the Prince Albert (?) bridge is now closed. It has been for years.

point is, it is still there.

Ntp 11:46 am 04 Jul 07

Not true diprotodon;

ABC Australia wide & Stateline

diprotodon 11:36 am 04 Jul 07

I heard that the army had offered to build a temporary bridge until Stanhopeless and Hargreaves could get the shit together, but Stanhope refused. What concerns me most is that ABC TV and the Canberra Times have refused to run anything on this issue – even a letter I wrote to the editor.

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