SAVE OUR BRIDGE: School students are campaigning to save the timber Tabulam landmark.
SAVE OUR BRIDGE: School students are campaigning to save the timber Tabulam landmark. Susanna Freymark

Northern Rivers kids want Dick Smith to fix their bridge

ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD Nick Waldon has promised to use his life savings to save the Tabulam bridge.

Haylee White said the bridge had been there for 115 years and she wanted to save the bridge for the next generation.

Abby Martin wants people to sign a petition. And she wants Dick Smith, "who has a lot of money", to help save the bridge.

These three Tabulam Public School students are not prepared to accept the fate of the historic wooden bridge despite the State Government's Bridges to Bush program going ahead with the demolition of the bridge.

"Dick Smith came to our school (in 2014), maybe he can help," Abby said.

The students have faith he could save the bridge from being dismantled into pieces with plans for some of the bridge parts to become a monument in the local park.

Roads and Maritime Services has applied for the bridge to be de-listed from the State Heritage List so it can be removed.

A two-lane steel structure would be built in its place.

The students have set up a Save Tabulam Bridge Facebook page.

It has been suggested it could remain as a pedestrian-only bridge.

Kyogle Council's executive manager of infrastructure works Jeff Breen said the cost of maintaining the bridge as a footbridge would be $400,000 a year.



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