Ganger cuts ribbon to open Dunbible Creek Bridge
Tweed Shire Council Ganger Wayne Lack cut the ribbon last Friday January 29th, to complete the official opening of the new Dunbible Creek Bridge at South Murwillumbah, which he and his gang built last year.
Mr Lack cut the ribbon after Federal Member for Riverina and Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable Michael McCormack MP and Mayor of Tweed Councillor Katie Milne, unveiled a plaque acknowledging the contribution of the Federal Government in funding the new bridge, and outlining the contribution Mr Lack has made to Tweed Shire in his role as a ganger.
“This used to be the main thoroughfare from Brisbane to Sydney,” said Mr McCormack. “It’s still a very important road and this bridge is integral to the economic prosperity of the area.
“The Federal Government this year is providing $32 million to improve local roads in the electorate of Lismore.”
Guests of Honour
Dunbible resident and former federal Member for Richmond, the Honourable Doug Anthony, CH, AC, and his wife, Margot, were guests of honour at the opening ceremony.
Mr and Mrs Anthony provided the land used as the site compound during construction. The Williams family also provided land for the bridge build.
Also acknowledged at the opening was the late Mrs Josephine Nugent, who successfully campaigned for a shared user path to be included as part of the bridge design. Mrs Nugent was represented at the opening by her daughter Rebecca Nugent, who travelled from Sydney for the event.
The 47-metre bridge cost $2.1 million to build, with the Federal Government contributing $950,000 under its Bridge Renewal Programme.
The new concrete bridge has four-metre wide carriageways in both directions and a 2.7-metre wide pedestrian path and cycleway. It was built using sustainable construction methods and will last for at least 100 years.
2015 Service and Productivity Excellence Award for Sustainability
Ganger Wayne Lack and his crew received Council’s 2015 Service and Productivity Excellence Award for Sustainability for the work they did in building the bridge. Their construction method saved Council $200,000.
They also retained the old timber bridge deck and used it as a work platform to drive the 16-tonne concrete piles, removing the need to work at ground level and significantly reducing the impact on the waterway below.
Mr Lack, who turns 70 next month, has built 34 bridges in Tweed Shire over the past 17 years and plans to do two more this year before he retires.
In acknowledging his enormous contribution to the shire, General Manager Troy Green described the worker as being like pure gold – highly valued and sought after.
“Wayne turns 70 next month, and every day he brings that same drive and commitment to his work that he did when he was a younger man,” said Mr Green. “He is a great role model, deserving of this honour.”
Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Newsroom, Friday 29 January 2016
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