150 year old Prince Alfred Bridge should be heritage listed

In Parliament | 25.09.17

NSW Labor is calling for the Prince Alfred Bridge and timber viaduct at Gundagai to be listed on the State Heritage Register. 

The Prince Alfred Bridge was constructed over the Murrumbidgee River between North and South Gundagai in 1867. 

The 150 year old bridge is thought to be the first iron truss bridge built in NSW and was the state's largest road bridge until 1932 when it was overtaken by the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

The timber viaduct of the bridge was constructed in 1898 and is the longest of its type in Australia. 

Both the bridge and the viaduct were nominated together for State Heritage Register listing in July 2015 and the State Heritage Register Committee considered that both items were potentially of state heritage significance and should be progressed. But nothing has been done since. 

NSW Labor is calling for the listing as a matter of urgency to protect and preserve the historical structure. 

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for the Environment Penny Sharpe 

“There are other bridges of very similar significance in NSW that are listed on the State Heritage Register and the Prince Alfred Bridge should be too. 

“The bridge and viaduct must be listed as a matter of urgency because they need careful restoration. 

“This listing will give them the recognition they deserve and the priority for resourcing that is needed.” 

Quotes attributable to Country Labor’s Candidate for Cootamundra Charlie Sheahan 

“The Prince Alfred Bridge is the oldest metal truss road bridge in NSW and deserves to be properly preserved. 

“Gundagai is proud to have the longest wooden road and rail bridges in NSW and I know the community supports listing these historical structures. 

“With the Gundagai Rail Bridge already heritage listed – this is a no-brainer.