Residents of the Conondale community have come together to celebrate the opening of the new and improved Grigor Bridge last week.
Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, hosted a community barbeque and informal opening on Friday 7 March to celebrate the completion of the new bridge.
“I was pleased to see a huge turnout to celebrate our new bridge on what was a significant day for Conondale and the wider hinterland community,” Mr Powell said.
Long-time locals were on hand to help with opening including Mr Grigor whose grandfather attending the opening of the original bridge.
Mr Powell also held an impromptu ribbon cutting ceremony with a twist. Local Conondale General Store owner Ashley Hamilton donated elastic and scissors for the opening of the new bridge.
“We certainly do things differently here in the Hinterland and it was great to celebrate with the community following in the footsteps of the original bridge opening in 1929.
“The complete closure of the original bridge during the floods had a significant impact on hinterland communities and local industries, with the detour route adding up to one hour to journeys,” Mr Powell said.
The remainder of the project, including demolition of the old bridge and removal of the temporary sidetrack, will be completed by the middle of the year.
This project is funded jointly by the State and Federal Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements and is part of the $269 million allocated to North Coast Region to repair damage from natural disasters and flooding.
-ENDS 10 March 2014