Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Old Bridge Questions Hanging; Report Apportions No Blame

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Old Bridge Questions Hanging; Report Apportions No Blame

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Byline: Adrian Taylor adrian.taylor@capnews.com.au

MAYOR Brad Carter will brave a hostile crowd on Sunday when he attends a public meeting in Mount Morgan about the collapse of the town's historic swinging bridge.

Cr Carter confirmed yesterday he would attend, along with divisional councillor Sandra O'Brien, to discuss the findings and recommendations of a provisional investigation by engineers on behalf of the Department of Resource Management.

The report, which was made public yesterday by Climate and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones, suggests there are three options.

These are:

Demolition and removal, leaving part of the structure in place for visitor interpretation;

Lifting the structure out of the water;

Restoration to allow safe use by the public.

But it leaves question marks hanging over why the historic bridge gave way and who was responsible.

Member for Mirani Ted Malone said he had expected the report to apportion blame and was surprised that it did not consider the reasons why the anchors gave way. …

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