Memory of Sportsmans Creek Bridge to be cemented in history

29 November 2017

The Sportsmans Creek Bridge may be coming down - but its legacy will continue.

A model of the timber truss bridge that will be displayed at the Lawrence Museum to pay tribute to the crossing built back in 1911 was unveiled this morning by Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis and Vice President of the Lawrence Historical Society Roz Jones.

Mr Gulaptis said the Sportsmans Creek Bridge replica is the first of several which depicts the various timber truss crossings across the state.

“The existing crossing has served the people of Lawrence well, but it no longer meets the needs of the community and surrounding towns and it’s almost time for a new era of travel.

“In coming months, a new two lane concrete bridge spanning 175 metres with a shared pathway for pedestrians and cyclists will open.

“This replica is an initiative of Roads and Maritime Services and it will ensure the memory of the historic Sportsmans Creek Bridge lives on and help to educate future generations.

“Without the help of the Lawrence Historical Society’s members this bridge replica wouldn’t have been possible, so everyone involved must be thanked.”

Vice President of the Historical Society, Roz Jones said the Sportsmans Creek Bridge has played a large part in the lives of the Lawrence community for many years, and many feel very sad to lose the existing bridge.

“We feel privileged to be chosen as custodians of this beautifully detailed model along with a graphic display of the history of the bridge which will accompany the model.

“We will continue to work with RMS and when the bridge is dismantled, hope to acquire some of the parts for a future display to show the engineering design of the 1911 bridge,” she said.

Roz also acknowledged Russel French, the creator of the model.

Work on the new Sportsmans Creek Bridge is progressing well and the community will be kept informed about its opening date.

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