THE Bridgewater Memorial Reserve, which is on Brighton Council land on the Bridgewater foreshore adjacent to Nielsen Esplanade and downstream of the existing Bridgewater Bridge, will be relocated during the new Bridgewater Bridge Project.
The Reserve is within the declared Major Project area for the new bridge and is likely to be impacted by either permanent or temporary works during the new bridge’s construction. Therefore, it will be relocated to a more suitable location outside the impacted area before bridge construction begins in 2022.
Brighton Council’s general manager James Dryburgh said planning and investigations for the new bridge were underway.
“A design and construct contract is due to be awarded by the end of this year with traffic driving on the new bridge by the end of 2024,” Mr Dryburgh said.
“The relocation project will be funded and managed by the Department of State Growth, as part of the new Bridgewater Bridge Project and in consultation with Brighton Council.
Mr Dryburgh said consultation included the general public, Brighton Council, residents and other groups such as RSL Tasmania (including local sub-branches) and the Veterans Memorial Centre.
“The overwhelming sentiment is for the Memorial Reserve to stay in the local area with easy community access,” he said.
At the May Council meeting, a new location near the Bridgewater Parkland Stage 2 on the Bridgewater foreshore adjacent to Hayfield Place was endorsed as the preferred relocation.
“State Growth will continue to consult and to progress the design for the new Memorial Reserve.”
“The concrete pillars with red granite plaques and iron archtop with inscription ‘Memorial Reserve’ will be preserved and relocated with the Memorial’s final design to be determined in consultation with the community and Brighton Council.
“Further information will be made available shortly,” Mr Dryburgh said.