The Red Gully Bridge could be pulled down within the week.
The Red Gully Bridge could be pulled down within the week. Tobi Loftus

Historic bridge could be pulled down within the week

AN iconic rail bridge in Mundubbera could be torn down before the week is over as a last minute effort to save it failed.

The Red Gully Bridge in Mundubbera, part of the Mungar to Monto line, was opened in 1915.

The State Government sold the infrastructure, along the rail corridor over 12 months ago, which included the bridge.

Mike Goebel from the Burnett River Rail Trail said the town was set to lose a part of its history.

"It is a bit of heritage that is going to go soon; it's been there 100 years," he said.

"There is 100 years of history going to go out of Mundubbera and no one knows about it.

"We're talking within a week.

"People better take photos of the bridge now because it will be gone soon."

Mr Goebel said he had heard a lot of people in the community were upset by the decision.

"The main historical rail bridge at Mundubbera is to be removed this week and residents are contacting me with the hope of retaining it," he said.

"The Red Gully Bridge compliments the Mundubbera Railway precinct and the Burnett River Rail Trail.

"It is a strong, sound, impressive structure which allows access to the Mundubbera airport in times of flood events."

Deputy Mayor Faye Whelan said council had done all it could to try and save the 100-year-old structure that sits on a flood plain.

"The mayor has called up the Department of Transport and Main Roads who is dealing with this line and unfortunately that bridge and Pig and Calf Yard Bridge have been sold to contractors," Cr Whelan said.

"Both of those bridges have been sold to the contractor that is pulling up the line.

"Because of the high value of the materials, we would have to purchase the bridge off the contractor.

"When I say we, it would have to be council and council don't have the resources to purchase the bridge, as we are committed to the new budget and not in the position to purchase and maintain the bridge.

"If we did have the resources, it means we'd have to maintain that bridge forever."

Cr Whelan said she was personally very sad the community would lose the bridge.

"I'm really sad myself, personally very sad, that a historic structure is going to be demolished, but because of the financial implications I can't do anything about it," she said.

"When I first came to Mundubbera, my first home was 200m from it.

"I used to walk my children when they were babies under the bridge to the aerodrome; it has great memories, that's why I'm sad to see it go.

"I don't think I will visit that area for a period of time because I don't want to see it gone, it's a tragedy that we are going to lose such a magnificent structure."

A spokesperson for the Department of Transport and Main Roads said they would keep bridges that had a heritage listing. 

"As the land owner, we have lead negotiations with council and community groups about what assets can be kept," the spokesperson said.

"Bridges with a heritage listing will not be removed.

"As a gesture of support to the efforts of the community group, we have bought back from the contractor two bridges which provide connectivity for any future rail trail.

"In total, we retained more than 14 bridges in the Gayndah to Monto section of the closed rail corridor."

Trains stopped running over the bridge, and the line in general, in 2008.

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