Council responds to community outcry over Glen Willow suspension bridge

The suspension bridge that connects the Cudgegong River walking track and the Glen Willow Sporting Complex.

The suspension bridge that connects the Cudgegong River walking track and the Glen Willow Sporting Complex.

Exactly 8,322, or an estimated 80% of the Mudgee population, turned out to see the final City-Country fixture at Glen Willow, and three months before the Super Rugby trial fixture between the Waratahs and the Brumbies drew 6,357 to the same stadium.

It’s events like these that bring commercial and cultural benefits to the town, and the same events have brought an integral part of the ‘bumper weekend’ into focus – the suspension bridge.

Crossing the divide between the Cudgegong River walking track and the Glen Willow Sporting Complex, the suspension bridge was installed in June, 2014 at the cost of $400,000, and now locals are calling for it to be repaired or improved.

Brad Cam, Mid-Western Regional Council general manager, revealed that plans were already in place.

“Council is working with the company responsible for construction of the Glen Willow suspension bridge to repair their railings as soon as possible,” he said.

“Council was aware of the damaged handrails on the bridge and advised engineers to undertake repairs immediately after the Country v City match.

The bridge walkway.

The bridge walkway.

“As the bridge is a suspended structure it is designed to have some movement and capacity to cater for large pedestrian numbers during major events at Glen Willow.

He commented that the bridge would be fine for members of the public to use in the future.

“Council understands the concerns expressed by some residents and is making efforts to ensure the bridge remains in effective working order,” he said.

No time frame for the repairs has been given by council.