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Old Gympie Bridge upgrade receives bypass approval
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 02 December 2005
At last Thursday's Caloundra City Council's General Meeting, Councillor Anna Grosskreutz moved the following recommendation for $50,000 to be approved from council's Emergency Funds to construct a temporary by-pass at Coochin Creek.

The by-pass is required while emergency repairs are carried out on the Old Gympie Road bridge, which will take three weeks.   Cr Grosskreutz asked that representations be made by the Chief Executive Officer to the relevant State Government agencies to waive any permits on the basis that the works are urgent and to minimise community disruption."    Cr Grosskreutz said following last week's announcement, the bridge closure issue doesn't not sit well.

"As a member of the community myself I know only too well the disruption a total closure will cause," she said.   Not convinced by engineers that total closure was the only option, Cr Grosskreutz requested consideration of a by-pass.   "Knowing that the State Governments' green legislation would be a major hiccup I approached our State Member for Glasshouse Carolyn Male with a plea for assistance to seek intervention with the relevant minister," she said.

Ms Male has been working closely to link the council engineers to the Department of Natural Resources' acting director general.   Cr Grosskreutz has taken the issue to the councillors as council's engineering services director was unsure of the $50,000 outlay for the three week project.

"All councillors, including the mayor, supported our cause with Cr Winker seconding the motion and on our behalf I heartily thanked them when the vote was taken," she said.    "It is hard to cost inconvenience and with petrol prices high I felt it essential to not have a by-pass fed to me by directors and engineers as a 'no-option'."

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