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Much-needed upgrade to Jack Cavanagh Pedestrian Bridge underway

26 May 2017

Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Cr Carolyn Tillman inspects the old Jack Cavanagh Pedestrian Bridge before works begin.

Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Cr Carolyn Tillman inspects the old Jack Cavanagh Pedestrian Bridge before works begin.

The well-used Jack Cavanagh Pedestrian Bridge across Dalby’s Myall Creek is set to get a much-needed makeover with Western Downs Regional Council due to commence works on replacing the old unsafe timber bridge with a new safer crossing at the start of June.

  • The replacement of the old timber structure is part of Council’s $1.2 million revitalisation of the Myall Creek Parklands to help boost tourism and liveability in town;
  • Keeping with the look of the current structure, the new bridge will be constructed from treated timber complementing the surrounding landscape, including the addition of a viewing platform;
  • The bridge replacement is expected to be completed by the end of this financial year.

Council Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Councillor Carolyn Tillman said the new bridge will be constructed to modern engineering standards while maintaining the original character of the bridge.

“The revitalisation of the Myall Creek Parklands presented Council with a fantastic opportunity to improve the design of the popular Jack Cavanagh Pedestrian Bridge, giving it a fresh new look and feel,” she said.

“The bridge is a well-used community asset, and adds a nice touch to the many recreational and community activities that take place along the Creek, such as the Dalby Delicious and Delightful Festival.

Architects 3D Perspective of the new Jack Cavanagh Bridge which will include a 5 metre viewing platform.

Architect’s 3D Perspective of the new Jack Cavanagh Bridge which will include a 5 metre viewing platform.

“With this in mind Council wanted to rebuild the bridge so that it not only continued to provide a safe crossing, but also encouraged residents and visitors to stop and explore this wonderful area of Dalby.

“The new Jack Cavanagh Pedestrian Bridge will have a wider deck giving wheel chairs and prams better access across the Creek.

“The new design also incorporates a 5 metre viewing platform in the centre encouraging residents and visitors to enjoy the scenery of the Myall Creek.”

The bridge will be closed during construction, pedestrians will be required to detour via Patrick Street Bridge.

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Media Contact:
Cr Carolyn Tillman | Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries | 0401 662 352