Celebrating the footbridge opening are (from left) Kathy Norley; Cr Jan Barham; Maggie Brown and Angela Dunlop.
Celebrating the footbridge opening are (from left) Kathy Norley; Cr Jan Barham; Maggie Brown and Angela Dunlop.

Bridge unites community

It’s been called the ‘bridge over troubled waters’, but now that bridge at South Golden Beach has brought two halves of a community together.


Residents were celebrating on Tuesday when the Helen Street footbridge was officially opened by long-time bridge campaigner Maggie Brown, who flew up from Sydney for the occasion.


The footbridge now connects residents on both sides of the Capricornia Canal and gives easier and safer access to the beach, the shop and the pre-school.


Maggie said the construction of the footbridge was a good outcome for the community.


She said it had finally united the community after a long, long battle.


“There have been a lot of tears along the way, but we got here in the end,” Maggie said.


South Golden Beach Progress Association president Kathy Norley said that getting the footbridge built had taken 16 years.


She said the community owed thanks to many people but none more so than Angela Dunlop, who had ‘carried the weight of the bridge on her shoulders’.


“We are elated today, over the moon, it’s the end of a long run,” Kathy said.


Association secretary Angela Dunlop said she had dreamt of this day for 16 years.


She said the footbridge was finally a reality thanks to the determination and dedication of a group of people.


“The bridge over troubled waters has now united a community and it’s such a thrill to be here today,” Angela said.


Byron Mayor Cr Jan Barham said the footbridge completion showed the calibre, perseverance and commitment of the South Golden Beach community.


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