Message from the Mayor - 8 October 2021

This week I am pleased to report we are set to commence work on the second bridge replacement under the $16.44M NSW Government Fixing Country Bridges grant council received earlier this year, to replace 23 of our 24 timber bridges across the shire.

Following commencement of the Archinals bridge replacement last month, we’re now set to reconstruct Mary Carlton’s Bridge, with crews scheduled to be onsite from late next week.

Council has secured just over $650K in funding to replace the ageing Mary Carlton’s Bridge, in a bid to improve resilience to natural disasters and more safely connect surrounding communities.

This bridge replacement is an important aspect of our shire’s infrastructure upgrade program and I thank residents in advance for their patience and cooperation during this process.

The $16.44M Fixing Country Bridges grant is undoubtedly helping us to achieve our goal of upgrading ageing infrastructure assets across the shire.

I understand that these upgrades may cause some inconvenience for local residents for the duration of these works and council greatly appreciates your patience and cooperation while these critical upgrades are undertaken.

Due to the bridge’s location on Glen William Road at Unwarrabin Creek, there will be some disruptions to local services in the short term, but this improved infrastructure will create a safer, more efficient access point and ultimately deliver countless benefits for all road users.

Council has been in contact with local bus services and residents who will be directly impacted by these works and has developed a Traffic Control Plan that best meets the needs of all parties during the construction period.

The Mary Carlton’s Bridge replacement is currently scheduled to commence on Friday 15 October and is expected to be completed by the end of February 2022.

Full details can be found on council’s website.

Fixing Country Bridges is a $500 million NSW Government program helping local councils to replace hundreds of timber bridges in poor condition and better connect regional and rural communities across the state.

For any other happenings in the shire, please get in touch via phone on 4995 7777 or by email on

I look forward to hearing from you.


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