Angela Dunlop, left, and Kathy Norley, from the Helen Street Bridge Committee, are thrilled to be at the newly landscaped western end of the bridge.
Angela Dunlop, left, and Kathy Norley, from the Helen Street Bridge Committee, are thrilled to be at the newly landscaped western end of the bridge.

Footbridge vision almost complete

At Easter the residents of South Golden Beach were ecstatic that, after a 16-year battle, the footbridge over the creek was finally built and their community reunited.


Last week was cause for further celebration as Byron Council delivered the next stage of the project in the form of landscaping of the western end, where a path curves gently through plantings of native trees and shrubs.


“The final product is here,” said convenor of the Helen Street Bridge committee Angela Dunlop, full of pride as she surveyed all that she and others had fought so very hard for over so many years, “and we’d like to pat ourselves on the back”.


Angela is delighted to see so many people making use of the footbridge – dog walkers, lots of kids on foot and riding bikes, and older people keeping healthy.


Yet there is still a little more to do before the whole vision for the bridge and its surrounds is achieved, and the call is out to the community for a little more help to get there.


The lawn beside the path invites a seat where locals could sit, catch their breath and rest a while or chat before wandering on, and more plants are needed to fill in the empty space where council funding ran out.


And while the bridge is operational, it still needs a coat of oil before it can be declared absolutely finished.


Sadly, the joy of the beautiful path was somewhat overshadowed by the discovery that it had been instantly graffitied, with the rather ugly crude print and an ugly message as well as boasts of who ‘was here’.


“This sets us back as it will have to be repaired,” said Angela, “but we’ll find out who did it.”


Angela acknowledged the dedication of Maggie Brown and Tony Baggio in the realisation of the dream, as well as the generosity and skills of landscape architect James Nash who saved the council thousands of dollars by volunteering his time to create a landscape plan.


“Now it’s up to the community to complete the project,” said Angela.


Anyone who would like to help finish the project with donations of plants or outdoor furniture is invited to contact the committee at sgbpa@bigpond.com


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