Bridge works to open up new opportunities

RICHARD Schofield hopes visitors to the Port of Bundaberg will soon be able to swap from sail-power to pedal-power, when the facility is finally connected to Burnett Heads early next year.

The Captain's Chandlery owner said he plans to branch out into bicycle hire when the long-awaited Wallace Creek Bridge is open to traffic.

“The bridge will mean people can walk or ride over to Burnett Heads and go to Oaks Beach or the pub there,” he said.

Mr Schofield has owned the port-based chandlery for nearly 18 months, and said he was looking forward to a boost in visitors when the bridge is complete.

“It will make the port more attractive to visitors, and it will open up Burnett Heads as well,” he said.

Port of Bundaberg manager Jason Pascoe said building works were progressing well.

“We've made considerable progress, we commenced pile-driving to put in the poles this week,” Mr Pascoe said.

Once the poles are in place, they will be allowed to settle for 28 days, before the decking is put on to span the gap.

“The decking should be in place before Christmas, and before you know it, we'll have a bridge,” Mr Pascoe said.

“We're doing well and it looks like we are on track to have it finished by February.”

While the port is working on the bridge itself, Bundaberg Regional Council is responsible for the approaches on the Burnett Heads side.

Bundaberg Regional Councillor Wayne Honor said the completion of the roadworks would be timed to coincide with completion of the bridge so that it could be opened to the public as soon as possible.

“We have approval to do roadworks from Wallace Creek right up to the Blue Water Club,” Cr Honor said.

“Our crews aren't there yet but the infrastructure department will work in with the bridge contractors to finish at the same time.”

The $7.3 million project is funded by Bundaberg Regional Council, Port of Brisbane and the Queensland Government.

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