Bridge to replace ferry welcomed in Woodburn
THE last trip of the Woodburn ferry in 1981 was met with only some nostalgia, with most rejoicing in the convenience brought by the new bridge spanning the Richmond River.
At the opening ceremony NSW Minister Mr Day paid tribute to the many ferry operators who had served Woodburn and sad it was time to move with the times.
"There will be some nostalgia at the passing of the ferry but it is the sort of nostalgia that I would like to see more of," he said.
"It is time that the North Coast's outmoded means of transport were replaced."
The bridge was opened by NSW Governor Sir James Rowland.
The bridge has become a vital link for the town, cutting travel times particularly for cane-growers transporting their cane to the Broadwater mill.