An update on the Oil Terminal Footbridge at South West Rocks

Community life - 11 April 2017

Work will soon start on replacing the Oil Terminal Footbridge at South West Rocks after Council received the environmental approvals to go ahead with the work.

The bridge, crossing Saltwater Creek off Phillip Drive, was damaged by vandals and has been closed for over 12 months due to its unsafe condition.

Kempsey Shire Council’s Director of Infrastructure Services, Robert Scott, said materials have been ordered in preparation for the work to commence as soon as possible.

The new bridge will be similar in design and size to the old, taking up a similar footprint but with minor modifications such as a wider deck. 

“We are using composite fibre materials similar to those used on the walkway around Point Briner and for the nearby Mitchell Street Footbridge. They are lightweight, strong and resistant to corrosion making them ideal for this location,” Mr Scott said.

Due to the bridge being located in a sensitive wetlands area, Mr Scott said Council had to work through a complex approval process involving other government agencies.

Comprehensive studies were undertaken into the flora and fauna around the existing bridge.

The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) was then placed on public exhibition for a period of 28 days during February 2017. This will result in the works being undertaken in a way which minimises the risk of damage to the environment.

While the planning and approval process has been underway Council has removed sections of the bridge to make it safer for the community and to allow a pre-construction assessment of the existing foundations of the bridge.

Mr Scott said Council is aware of the importance of the bridge being replaced for the South West Rocks community and is looking forward to the materials arriving in early May in anticipation of the work starting as soon as possible.  

Sections of the footbridge were removed to make it safer for the community and to allow a pre-construction assessment of the existing foundations of the bridge.