Improved Access to Island Sanctuary

Published on 28 November 2019

Edward River Council will soon commence work on a project to improve access to Deniliquin’s Island Sanctuary via the lower timber bridge.

The project will begin with the replacement of the lower timber bridge to the riverside walking trail after the closure of the Cressy Street footbridge to the public due to safety concerns. 

This work will replace the wooden bridge with culverts to widen and improve accessibility, and is due to start in early December.

The works are expected to take two to three weeks to be completed and will be finished in time for Christmas and the summer tourism period.

For the duration of the works, there will be a closure to this section of the beach to beach walk.

Edward River Council General Manager Adam McSwain said that the Cressy Street bridge was originally targeted for replacement, but after Council went to tender for the project, Council is now considering its options.

“After receiving the tender applications, it became apparent that the cost to replace the bridge was in the region of $450,000. This is around $300,000 over the budget originally allowed,” Mr McSwain said.

“Rather than replacing the bridge an option Council is now strongly considering is to develop an improved entrance to the Island Sanctuary via Memorial Park and to no longer have the Cressy Street bridge connection”.

“Council will be holding a Special Council meeting next Thursday 5 December at 11am to consider options for the Cressy Street bridge into the Island Sanctuary.

The Business Paper outlining these options will be published on Council's website by 5pm Friday 29 November”.


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