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It's fast turning into the Bridge of Sighs

The Editor

The State Government's plan to build a new bridge over the Clyde River at Batemans Bay with very little genuine input by the residents of the Eurobodalla Shire, even through their elected Shire Councillors, is very odd. Council, without councillors support, made a very comprehensive submission to the RMS about the plan to eventually construct a New Clyde River Bridge Crossing. The submission identified all of the additional works that would be required by Council should the project go ahead such as foreshore restoration, improved local road access, new highway exits out of the underground carpark at the Village Centre, erosion walls to withstand 2100 sea level rise, off ramps, on ramps, underpasses and even public toilet relocations and redevelopment of the recent foreshore redevelopments. One big shopping list of demands of the RMS if they consider going ahead with the bridge. And all made without a Councillor in sight, packaged up and printed all glossy and sent off. Not endorsed and not read. Council staff, via the General Manager who is in charge, will now be asking Councillors at next Tuesday's meeting to support what’s already been submitted to the RMS. Tough titties if they move to not adopt the submission or even have the temerity to request a change or inclusion. From all the provisos and veiled-demands that have been listed that and the inevitable total stuff up of traffic flows the proposed new bridge crossing over the Clyde River is clearly not in the best position for the longer term either. That’s very obvious. The Local Member and the RMS as well as the shire’s community need to get together and start to properly discuss the matter.

Allan Brown



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