UPGRADES: Cr Carolyn Tillman at the Jack Cavanagh Bridge  construction.
UPGRADES: Cr Carolyn Tillman at the Jack Cavanagh Bridge construction. Contributed

New lookout at Myall Creek

DALBY residents can say goodbye to the days of treading carefully over the rickety, unsafe Jack Cavanagh Pedestrian Bridge at Myall Creek, because the historic timber bridge will soon be renovated.

Western Downs Regional Council will commence works on the bridge next week, aiming to build a much safer crossing in its place.

The replacement of the old timber structure is part of council's $1.2 million revitalisation of the Myall Creek Parklands to help boost tourism and liveability in town.

Council spokesperson for parks, open spaces and cemeteries, councillor Carolyn Tillman, said the new bridge will be constructed to modern engineering standards while maintaining the original character of the bridge with treated timber.

"The revitalisation of the Myall Creek Parklands presented Council with a fantastic opportunity to improve the design of the popular Jack Cavanagh Pedestrian Bridge, giving it a fresh new look and feel,” Cr Tillman said.

"The bridge is a well-used community asset, and adds a nice touch to the many recreational and community activities that take place along the creek.

"With this in mind, council wanted to rebuild the bridge so that it not only continued to provide a safe crossing, but also encouraged residents and visitors to stop and explore.

"The new Jack Cavanagh Pedestrian Bridge will have a wider deck, giving wheelchairs and prams better access across the Creek,” she said.

The bridge will also feature a 5-metre viewing platform to encourage residents and visitors to enjoy the scenery.

"The new lookout platform will really make the bridge an asset to that end of the creek - I think people will be really impressed by it,” she said.

The Jack Cavanagh Pedestrian Bridge will be closed during construction, so pedestrians will be required to detour via Patrick Street Bridge.

Constructions are expected to be completed by the end of June.


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