Successful Cuttagee bridge negotiation leads to next step

Bega Valley Shire Council's CEO, Anthony McMahon has successfully negotiated a way forward for renewing the ageing Cuttagee bridge near Bermagui.

Cuttagee bridge.

16 February 2024

Bega Valley Shire Council’s CEO, Anthony McMahon has successfully negotiated a way forward for renewing the ageing Cuttagee bridge near Bermagui.

“Given the time constraints of a generous $15 million grant from the NSW Government, Councillors recently delegated the responsibility of negotiating final funding deed details to me following the most recent Council meeting,” Mr McMahon said.

“This week the Mayor and I met with representatives from Transport for NSW, the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Jenny Aitchison and Member for Bega, Dr Michael Holland and I am happy to say we are now ready to move forward with the project.

“We reached an agreement to consult with the community on three design choices, including a two-lane concrete structure, a two-lane concrete and timber hybrid option and a single-lane hybrid design.

“The two hybrid options would feature timber components with a connection to heritage design, with the detail to be worked through.

“Our next step is to refine designs of all three options and consult with the community on the options. We will communicate when public consultation begins and offer everyone a chance to have their say.

“Following the consultation period, the options will be further assessed incorporating community feedback and the final design solution to be progressed will be determined by Councillors at a later date.

“It’s important to note that while generous, $15 million is not enough to build a new bridge. However, with a way forward approved, we can use the funding to leverage further grants to ease any burden on ratepayers.

“We thank the Member for Bega, Regional Transport and Roads Minister and Transport for NSW for their funding commitment and willingness to negotiate a great outcome for the community.”

For more information on the Cuttagee Bridge project, visit Council’s website.

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