Tabulam Bridge.
Tabulam Bridge. Susanna Freymark

Have your say on Tabulam Bridge

COMMUNITY members are invited to view the submissions report for the new Tabulam Bridge after feedback on the proposal to replace the bridge was sought last year.

Member for Lismore Thomas George said the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the new bridge has also been determined subject to the existing bridge being delisted from the heritage register.

"The existing Bruxner Highway bridge over the Clarence River at Tabulam has been identified for replacement through the Bridges for the Bush program as the State heritage listed structure can no longer meet current and future traffic demand," Mr George said.

"Stretching 300 metres, the existing single lane bridge poses a significant constraint on freight transport including for local industry.

"By replacing the bridge Roads and Maritime Services aims to reduce future maintenance costs as well as improve the journey for motorists.

"A submissions report detailing feedback on the REF has been published and is available on the project website.

"Eight submissions were received with comments about removing the existing heritage bridge, remembering the existing bridge, the design of the replacement structure, lighting, flooding and minimising impacts on the flying fox colony.

"After considering this feedback changes have been made to the planned environmental management measures to provide greater clarity around heritage matters, access to the river and minimise building impacts.

"The REF has been approved, provided the existing bridge is removed from the State heritage register so it can be replaced and removed."

Mr George said a community information session will be held on Thursday 25 February from 4pm to 7pm at Tabulam Village Hall.

"Community members are invited to attend and learn more about the project by speaking with the project team," Mr George said.

"Detailed design work for the new bridge is progressing well and will soon be available for viewing.

"Roads and Maritime will continue to work with the Office of Environment and Heritage to ensure the existing bridge is remembered."