The Beagle Editor, Surrounded by fires; long weekend; masses of incoming traffic from Canberra and North - the bridge is opened to allow the Merinda through to do its cruise - thousands of people inconvenienced to allow a handful of people on Innes' boat to go through............nothing new there. So business as usual, until a fire unit needs to get across the bridge, siren & lights flashing,.from BB to the North BB in amongst all of the traffic. The fire truck's progress was negligible, understandably. Traffic backed up on Kings Highway - traffic backed up north to Surfside turnoff on Princes Highway - are the local/state powers that be that stupid? Are we all so beholden to the Mayor and her extended family that we need to have a tinpot enterprise potentially threaten peoples lives. Not good enough. At least close the bridge until the fire emergency is over, it was earlier, why is it not now? Mark Witenden
Above: The original Merinda Ferry was a single deck that did not require the bridge span to open. Once the new vessel with a top deck came along to compete with the Clyde Princess that now had a newly added canvas awning over its open top deck seating the bridge span had to open for both vessels. The Clyde Princess is now located in Nelligen while the Merinda's Nelligen tour now calls for the bridge to be opened twice a day.
Photo: Clyde Princess - Batemans Bay History in Photos - photographer unknown