Debate on bridge replacement should cease

BRIGHTON Council says debate on the replacement of the Bridgewater Bridge should cease and construction of the project must commence as soon as possible.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster says the Council has strongly supported the approach of the Federal and State Governments to this major and much-needed infrastructure project and it should proceed without delay.

He was commenting on claims by Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston about the commencement of demolition and site works in preparation for a project start.

Cr Foster said it was disingenuous for Glenorchy Mayor Johnston and other local Mayors to now question the project for their own parochial reasons when they had earlier supported the construction in their Hobart City Deal negotiations.

“The replacement Bridgewater Bridge is a vital piece of infrastructure, not only for the south, but for all of Tasmania and if we start construction now, it will be a major component in the State’s recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 economic downturn.

“Mayors playing parochial politics in the hope that they can secure some of the promised bridge funding for their own pet projects in their own municipalities does no good at all.

“We need to support what is best for Tasmanians beyond our municipal boundaries. The Derwent Valley Council is doing this and is a strong supporter of the project in its proposed form.

“The replacement of the bridge has been a top priority for the Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority for decades and nothing has changed,” Cr Foster.