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Tharwa Bridge Closed

By James-T-Kirk 19 September 2006 15

An email just received said:

Sent: Tuesday, 19 September 2006 8:27 AM
To: ACT-All-Community-Policing
Subject: Tharwa Bridge

Communications received a call from Mr. Ross Schofield of ACT Roads, he advises that the Tharwa Bridge is now closed for an indefinate period.

Looks like it is closed again. I find it sad that the local government is unable to support such an improtant historic bridge.

How do we get the government to divert funds from their abroretum^H^H^H^H^H^H^H Tree farm to support the residents of Tharwa?

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Thumper 8:19 am 21 Sep 06


It was opened in March 1895. It is an important, significant and tangible link to Canberra’s past and as such should be restored.

Why is it people simply tear down things in the name of progress. Fuck me, if everyone did that we’d have no bloody OPH, no Blundells Cottege, no fabulous sandstone buildings in Sydney or Adelaide, etc…

If you scratched your car then maybe you need to learn how to drive straight.

Cityboy 7:54 pm 20 Sep 06

The only history for that bridge is the number of cars that the dodgy thing has scratched or dented by being too narrow. rebuild a new bridge we people deserve decent access to Tharwa and the Namadgi.

Pandy 10:26 pm 19 Sep 06

Voting? Pratt and Bills’ Libs next meeting are discussing getting rid of compulsory voting. Would kids vote? Nope.

Pandy 10:16 pm 19 Sep 06

Pull the fricker down.

It is a white ant nest.

BTW A low level crossing aka Point Hut would cost $ 1 mill

miz 10:15 pm 19 Sep 06

Everything this government does these days makes me angry. At me, for foolishly believing these numskulls and voting for them, and at them, for the mess they are making of Our Town. How can they just abandon this bridge??!

tortfeaser 2:26 pm 19 Sep 06

I don’t know how trucks could have stuffed it, you could barely fit a sedan through the super tight barriers in place. The sides weren’t more than 40cm away from your mirrors.

It’ll bring back the hoonage – last time it was shut down the now-dead end became a bit of a dragway.

Thumper 1:58 pm 19 Sep 06

Indeed bonfire. Low number of constituents means low number of votes.

The NSW State government have had that in mind for many a year.

bonfire 12:36 pm 19 Sep 06

Typical metropolitan govt disdain for rural concerns.

Danman 12:02 pm 19 Sep 06

Hmm poor Tharwenians.

So do they have to go the long way past Tidbinbilla and through the cotter to get anywhere – oh hangon – they have point hut x-ing dont they ? – still pretty annoying

Thumper 11:42 am 19 Sep 06

I think this was done to death about six months ago.

A new bridge would be the death knell for the old one as there would not be the funds for its upkeep, as it would not be used.

The old bridge will last forever if restored correctly.

Strange also that now the bridge has closed indefinitely that the school is also slated for closure.

Mr Evil 11:41 am 19 Sep 06

God, is the ACT Labor Party trying to destroy Tharwa, or what?

First the school is up for the chop, and now the bridge is closed!

Danman 11:39 am 19 Sep 06

Could they not build a level crossing a’la coppins crossing/Uriarra Crossing and leave the bridge intact for heritage/astetical reasons?

Sure its heritage listed – but it wont last forever under nrmal use. Id be pissed if I lived in tharwa and shopped at the “Hyper D”

Spectra 11:22 am 19 Sep 06

I heard them saying on the radio this morning that the crappy repairs were done on the assumption that no large vehicles would be using the bridge. Then a few big trucks had the hide to drive over it and everything went to hell. If only someone could have foreseen that….

Thumper 11:07 am 19 Sep 06

Yeah, not like this government hey?

johnboy 10:57 am 19 Sep 06

Apparently the crappy repairs they gave to the lowest bidder a couple of years ago turned out to be notso hotso.

Who’d have thought that.

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