Community reminded to have a say on future of old Nowra Bridge

16 December 2014

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock have today reminded local community members that they have until this Friday 19th December to have a say on the future of the old Nowra Bridge.

Mr Ward said that the Australian Government has committed $10 million and the NSW State Government has allocated $1.6 million to complete planning for a new bridge.

“Planning is under way for a new bridge over Shoalhaven River to improve traffic flow for motorists,” he said.

“Possible outcomes for the old bridge include retaining it, moving it either whole or in parts or complete removal.

“It is important to note no decision has been made on the future of the old Nowra Bridge,” Mr Ward said.

Mrs Hancock said that feedback on the bridge’s future has been invited since mid-October when the community was asked to provide ideas on what the old Nowra Bridge could be used for or how it could be remembered if removed.

“The New South Wales Government understands this is an important question for the community. A number of information displays have been held at various locations and events in the area to discuss possible outcomes and ideas,” she said.

“Community feedback will be one of a number of factors to guide the proposal for the future of the old bridge.

“Other factors to be considered include conservation of its heritage value and the cost and feasibility of potential options,” Mrs Hancock said.

Feedback can be provided to PO Box 477,Wollongong, NSW 2500, by emailing, calling the information line on 1800 331 713, on Facebook at or by completing an online survey at

A proposal on the future of the old bridge is expected to be available for community comment by mid next year.

MEDIA: Gareth Ward 0401 499 933 or Luke Sikora 0408 681 294 (Shelley Hancock)

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