News

Kyogle's failing bridges could become an emergency

TIMBER: Some timber bridges in the Kyogle Local Government Area have fallen into a state of disrepair.
TIMBER: Some timber bridges in the Kyogle Local Government Area have fallen into a state of disrepair. Contributed

RURAL Fire Service Northern Rivers and Kyogle Council officials are concerned closed and load-limited bridges in the area could hinder responses to emergencies.

About 70 timber bridges in the area are more than 60-years old and urgently need maintenance or replacement.

Council however has indicated it can't fund immediate repairs. 

RFS Northern Rivers Superintendent Brett Kelly said the situation is a pressing issue.

"From our perspective, it's a concern. There will be access issues," he said.

"It could affect police, fire and rescue and others trying to respond to a fire or other emergency.

"There's contingency plans we need to make."

The state of the bridges is worrying those who rely on them too. Old Bonalbo resident Terry Moody has started a Facebook page to help lobby for funds to repair the brides, noting that at the current rate of funding it would take another 25 years to fix the bridges currently in need of replacement or repair.

"During this time more bridges will have load limits applied," the page notes.

A map showing bridges that have load limits or are entirely out of action in the Kyogle council area.
A map showing bridges that have load limits or are entirely out of action in the Kyogle council area.

See a detailed PDF of the map here

Bridges on Dyraaba, Hayes, Lions Rd, McClelland and Sawpit Creek road are currently unusable while many others have weight limits varying from five to 25 tonne.

Supt Kelly said the RFS may have to empty its Category 1 tankers before crossing load-limited bridges, or use less-capable vehicles to attend emergencies.

While access to some areas is a concern, Supt Kelly said RFS personnel will get to emergencies but conceded response times could be an issue.

"If there was a serious fire in one of these areas we would find a way to get there," he said.

"If I needed to, I'd hire out a bulldozer and build you a way to get to that fire, whether it's a temporary bridge or whatever."

The council is urging the Federal Government to allocate more grant money for repairs under its Bridges Renewal Program, citing safety concerns and loss of income for residents.

Page MP Kevin Hogan said he was aware of the council's desperate need for funding and said the government's program would prioritise the Kyogle LGA, which has more than 200 bridges.

Topics:  kyogle council, timber bridges



Ballina's 'leaning tower' set for demolition

GOODBYE TO OLD, HELLO TO NEW: Ballina Marine Rescue's Commander John Donoghue with the old and new towers in the background.

And the Marine Rescue volunteers can't wait to see it go

Better, faster, more powerful: Look at our new cop cars

Highway patrol Sergeant Dave Carter with the new XR8 Falcons which have been delivered to the area. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

"We won't be hiding behind the bushes"

Beer: The big winner at the business awards

WELL DONE: Winners on stage at the Business of the Year announcements at the Lismore Workers Club.

Full list of winners from the Northern Rivers' night of nights

Local Partners

MOVIE REVIEW: Storks delivers family fun

A scene from the movie Storks.

ANIMATION can be hit or miss but when it hits, it hits hard.

Nick 'the snake' to call the shots on Survivor jury

Australian Survivor contestant Nick Iadanza.

LATEST evictee is out of the game but will still have a say.

From purr to a roar, Meow Meow is not kitten

ANYTHING IS PAWSIBLE: Acclaimed cabaret star Meow Meow returns to Lismore.

Anything can happen during her local shows this week

Break strings, ho hearts

Ukulele player A. J. Leonard and cellist Jenny Rowling.

Master ukulelist visits this week

More Northern River schools needed to be counted in

John Foreman and Jay Laga'aia at a songwriting workshop earlier this year.

Music - Count Us In will be held in November

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

Buyers forking out millions

Owners benefiting from undersupplied Northern Rivers market

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

New $33 million development planned for Ballina Shire

The site of a proposed seniors living development at Skennars Head.

Plans include 211 homes, clubhouse and recreational facilities

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction