Plaque Honours Bendy Bridge; Structure Plays Significant Role in Engineering History

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Byline: DOMINICZIETSCH dominic.zietsch@dailyexaminer.com.au

GRAFTON'S famous bendy bridge will later this year celebrate eight decades of providing a vital link between North and South Grafton and yesterday it received an early birthday present a a plaque commemorating its recently awarded status as a National Engineering Landmark.

The status was granted to the iconic bridge in 2009 by Engineering Heritage Australia which identified the bridge as playing a significant role in Australian engineering history.

Yesterday a free-standing commemorative plaque was unveiled on the north side of the bridge which explains the history of the structure and why it received its status as a National Engineering Landmark.

Chair of the Engineers Australia Northern Rivers Group Greg Mashiah was present at the unveiling and said the structure was worthy of the honour.

He said the completion of the railway section of the bridge in May 1932 formed the missing link in the Sydney-to-Brisbane coastal railway a the first interstate railway in Australia to use a standard-gauge of track. …

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