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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 11 Hansard (14 November) . . Page.. 3416..

MR PRATT (continuing):

The engineers go on to say that they support the endeavours of the community to have the Tharwa bridge restored.

On Sunday the Friends of Tharwa Bridge ran a picnic—and it was quite a crowd. It was quite a stirring event. There is a lot of support from across the valley. I remind you that we recently tabled, by this Assembly's standards, quite a hefty petition signed by a lot of people right across southern ACT, not just Tharwa village but people in the Tuggeranong valley and the Woden valley who know enough about the bridge and the Tharwa environment to very much respect its value to the ACT.

The feeling is growing now that the community—not just the Tharwa community but the broader ACT community—has been dudded by this government in its analysis of the future of that bridge and what can be done with it. There is no doubt that there is engineering evidence available which says that that bridge can be restored much cheaper than the building of the concrete bridge and in much quicker time.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.26 pm.

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