Tabulam Bridge.
Tabulam Bridge. Susanna Freymark

Tabulam Bridge one step closer

THE next step towards the construction of the long awaited Tabulam Bridge has been taken by Tenterfield Shire Council.

At the June 2016 council meeting the council approved the acquisition of land by the Roads and Maritime Services.

The Crown Land Research which is currently managed by council will be acquired by compulsory process in accordance with the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991.

A nearby lot which is also to be acquired by RMS contains the memorial to Harry Lasseter of the Lasseter's Lost Gold Reed fame who built his house on the site and lived there from 1910 to 1915.

Council has requested consideration be given to this memorial so that it is not lost history.

The NSW Government have committed $5 million in the current budget to the new Tabulam Bridge as part of their "Bridges for the Bush" initiative which will see the replacement of six heritage timber truss bridges in NSW to enhance road safety for all road users and improve road transport productivity and reliability.

The preferred route for the spanning of the Clarence River at Tabulam was determined in May 2014 and now that the Review of Environmental Factors has been completed and State Heritage has delisted the existing bridge, works are able to commence.

Although sad to see an icon of our past disappear, mayor Peter Petty said he was excited by the continuing investment by the State and Federal Government in the key transport and freight routes that service the Shire:

"The replacement of the Tabulam Bridge, along with the announcement of $24 million for the Mt Lindesay Road, $10 million for the Tenterfield Heavy Vehicle Bypass and the major realignment works on Bolivia Hill are major investments in key transport infrastructure in our Shire and highlight the exciting time ahead."