Possum Creek residents (from left) John and Pat Yopp, Betty and Ron Hutchinson, and Greg Clarke standing near the Possum Creek bridge which collapsed almost two years ago, blocking access to Bangalow.
Possum Creek residents (from left) John and Pat Yopp, Betty and Ron Hutchinson, and Greg Clarke standing near the Possum Creek bridge which collapsed almost two years ago, blocking access to Bangalow. Richard Low

Possum Creek Bridge to be rebuilt

GREG CLARKE'S plans to turn Possum Creek's historic school building into a gallery and cafe literally collapsed two years ago.

Just after he gained council approval and handed over $30,000 in developer contributions, the Possum Creek bridge began slipping into the water and the road to Bangalow was closed.

Much to the chagrin of Possum Creek residents, it is still blocked almost two years later.

But now there is hope on the horizon.

Byron Shire Council plans to name the successful tenderer to rebuild the bridge next month, and the $1.3 million construction work is scheduled to start in September.

Mr Clarke is now putting in motion his plans for turning the old school building, closed mid-last century, into a restaurant and art gallery.

“It's a good news story that the funding has been allocated and the community is looking forward to reusing that access point,” he said.

The closure of the bridge has cut off the most direct access to Bangalow from Friday Hut Road.

It has been a long and rocky two years since structural failure was detected in the bridge.

After engineering studies were initially completed to determine how to fix the problem, the bridge slipped further and council was forced to demolish it.

The delays have raised the ire of locals, who say there were 400 vehicle movements a day across the bridge.

The construction of a new concrete bridge was put out to tender and closed in mid-June.

Funding for the project has been helped along by $379,000 from the Federal Government's Roads to Recovery scheme.


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