Historic bridge's future known soon
THE Red Gully Railway Bridge in Mundubbera has potentially been saved by a local family that wants to buy the bridge from State Government contractors.
North Burnett Deputy Mayor Faye Whelan said the community would know in about two weeks whether the family was successful in purchasing the historic bridge.
"At the moment there is a local business looking at purchasing the bridge off the contractor, in memory of there family who were pioneers of the Mundubbera area," Cr Whelan said.
"Because of commercial in confidence at this time, with the negotiations still happening, I can't say who they are.
"If the contractor gets the price he is seeking from the private people he will leave the bridge intact.
"The contractor gave the community three weeks, so it's probably about a fortnight now."
Cr Whelan said the council had also looked at the status of the bridge.
"Council started the process of putting it on the local heritage register," she said.
"Because it's 101 years old it needs to be preserved, it needs to be looked after."
Cr Whelan said if the bridge was saved the next question would be who would fund its upkeep.
"The Mundubbera Heritage Rail Group have taken an interest as well, they will most likely be the custodians of the bridge," Cr Whelan said.
"Council doesn't have the resources to look after the bridge, so the Mundubbera group will take responsibility for it on behalf of the community.
She said grants and private fundraising could help fund the bridge's upkeep.
"It's been part of the Mundubbera community for all these years, there is a large amount of people, long-standing families that want that particular bridge, because it's so close to the town centre, they want that bridge saved," she said.
"I think it was the community's interest in the bridge that made people say 'we need to work really hard to save this bridge'."