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Tharwa gets a new bridge

By johnboy 10 October 2006 13

Having under-funded the conservation of the historic Tharwa Bridge the Government, via John Hargreaves, has announced that they’re going to build a new single lane concrete lifeline for the township of Tharwa.

“The new bridge will give the people of Tharwa improved access to essential services such as fire and ambulance, as well as to family and friends in South Canberra”

Better than nothing.

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Vic Bitterman 10:50 pm 12 Oct 06

Damn good point KaneO.

KaneO 9:30 pm 12 Oct 06

In any other country the Army would have been on the scene within hours and a Bailey Bridge or alternate structure would have been in place within days.
Why is this not the case here? We have the logistical capability can go blow the shiite out of shiite’s on the other side of the freakin’ planet but we don’t have the nouse to cross a gap a few score klicks from the national parliament?.
Sweet screaming Jesus someone needs a smack with a clue-by-four…..

simto 4:28 pm 11 Oct 06

I think it’s the case of “as soon as you replace the wood and fix it, some nong in an overloaded truck destroys the thing again”. So better to leave the original bridge as an “historic object” for bicycles and pedestrians, and have something else that satisfies the requirememt for a bridge and will survive the occasional invasion of the moron brigade

gurunik 3:15 pm 11 Oct 06

shame to see its demise as a functional piece of infrastructure. is new wood not available?

Mr Evil 10:27 am 11 Oct 06

Sydney-Canberra maglev – with new International airport for both cities near Goulburn.

PigDog 9:58 am 11 Oct 06

VY, unfortunately governments have been running for so long on not having debt that, in their view, they cannot go into debt without getting voted out of office. Even though it is common practise for businesses and individuals to fund new ‘stuff’ by going into debt (say buying a house or a VY Commodore) governments are reluctant to use this method. They don’t seem to realise that going into debt can be good in the long run; you get fancy things like the Sydney Harbour Bridge or Snowy Mountains Scheme.

Then again, you could always fund new projects by running a lottery (worked for the Opera House). I suggest a Sydney-Canberra maglev track. Discuss.

VYBerlinaV8 9:17 am 11 Oct 06

LG, point is well made. It seems crazy to me that at a time when governments are flush with money (federal especially) that we aren’t building new infrastructure for the future, so that during the leaner times we will be ok. I think in some respects we (as a society) are a bunch of chicken shits. Why not determine the feasibility of a water pipeline from Cape York Peninsula to the southern parts of Australia, or new rail links, or such. Unfortunately the only way our government can really control us is through fear: fear that we might fail, fear of terrorists, fear of disease, fear of going broke…

LG 9:08 am 11 Oct 06

VYBerlinaV8 – (sadly)no government in Australia is interested in maintaining current infrastructure, because it’ll usually last long enough that they’ll be out of office by then.

Some time in the not too distant future, all the state & territory governments will need to run huge budget deficits to fix all the problems with infrastructure. The ACT with its narrow revenue base will be in huge trouble once the deterioration of all the roads and other infrastructure inherited from self government (eg Albert Hall) come to a head.

Pandy 9:05 am 11 Oct 06

118 years is old enough. It needs restumping Better to build a new bridge and be done with it.

Mr Evil 8:54 am 11 Oct 06

Maybe they could just dump all that excess soil from the GDE into the river to form a causeway?

Spectra 8:41 am 11 Oct 06

The ABC article mentions that cabinet also asked for a proposal to preserve the existing bridge, possibly as a pedestrian/cycle way. Doesn’t guarantee anything, of course, but its ruin is not a foregone conclusion. Yet.

VYBerlinaV8 8:40 am 11 Oct 06

If properly maintained those old bridges last for a long, long time. Perhaps a more pragmatic maintenance schedule is all that is needed?

Thumper 7:58 am 11 Oct 06

I agree, its better than nothing.

Interesting that a few weeks ago the government stated that there was no money in the budget for the bridge.

Maybe they meant the old bridge?

Or did the weight of public opinion drive them into action?

Whatever the case. good to see some sanity prevail although I think we can firmly say that the old Tharwa bridge will now fall into ruin and will be gone in about ten years. That is a pity.

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