Future of the historic Nowra Bridge heard

The historic Nowra bridge could be repurposed into a pedestrian and cycling path, or a new event space for the region following the results of a community survey regarding the Bridge’s future.

Parliamentary Secretary for the South Coast Shelley Hancock said Transport for NSW is today releasing a summary report following public consultation carried out on the future of the 141-year-old bridge.

“The Feedback was very encouraging with 1,200 responses on how best to preserve and respect the Bridge’s heritage, as well as explore opportunities for local community and tourism,” Ms Hancock said. 

“There was strong community sentiment and attachment towards the bridge based on its historical significance, but also as the entry to the South Coast.

“More than 65 per cent of those surveyed were in favour of its use as a pedestrian and cycling path, with around half also saying they want it to be a place to meet and interact, a place for events and a tourist attraction.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the NSW Government’s strong economic management meant it could invest in infrastructure projects – big or small – that are important to the local community now and into the future. 

“It is fantastic to see so many members of the community get involved and let us know their view on how we should repurpose the iconic bridge to continue servicing the community.”

“Our Government will ensure the that the much-loved Nowra Bridge will be enjoyed by the community for generations to come.

In 2018 it was recommended the bridge was retained for adaptive reuse as a pedestrian and cyclist path. This was based on the historical significance and heritage value of the bridge, while also taking into consideration community feedback and the expected benefits for the community. 

The community consultation was carried out in late 2021 and early 2022 to seek feedback on what opportunities the repurposing could create.

The results have been outlined in the Historic Nowra Bridge Community Consultation Summary Report, which will be used to inform a final plan for the historic landmark’s rehabilitation and a detailed environmental assessment.

Before the heritage-listed bridge moves into its next phase of life, essential maintenance work will be carried out including lead paint removal and repainting.

The Review of Environmental Factors will be published together with the repurposing proposal in 2023.

To read the entire summary report, go to nswroads.work/OldNowraBridge.

For more information contact the Office of Shelley Hancock MP: 4421 0222 or www.shelleyhancockmp.com.au