- August 9, 2009
- Posted by: Gail Giles-Gidney
- Category: Update
Local residents may not be aware that our iconic suspension bridge, officially named the Long Gully Bridge, but more commonly thought to be “Northbridge” itself, is under threat.
Following a State Coroner’s Office report which described the bridge as “a magnet for suicides”, the RTA is looking to construct permanent barrier fencing.
You may recently have noticed 24 hour security patrols. This is interim measure while fencing solutions are being investigated. There are currently three alternative fencing proposals that have been put forward by the RTA and frankly, in my view, they are all awful.
At stakeholders’ consultative meetings in June and July, these designs were “unanimously rejected” by local residents and representative groups, but this is only the beginning.
Any fencing solution for this North Shore treasure needs to be sympathetic to its heritage, if that is at all possible – and a broad range of other alternatives needs to be canvassed. Perhaps a solution is not to fence the Bridge at all, but if vigilance is required, make arrangements for long term, 24/7 manned security.
If you would like to register your interest in saving our bridge, please contact me at Gail Giles-Gidney@Willoughby.nsw.gov.au