20 August 2020

Mayoral Column

Hawkesbury City Council supports saving our historic Windsor Bridge. We need Robyn Preston, State Member for Hawkesbury to immediately stop the demolition of the old Windsor Bridge and conduct a proper public consultation about the bridge’s future. I firmly believe that if a proper consultation was held, at least 80% of Hawkesbury residents would vote to save the historic Windsor Bridge.

There has been a great deal of discussion over the last few years about the replacement bridge but most people were unaware that the demolition of the old bridge was also going to take place. In the literature and information distributed about the new bridge by the State Government, the fate of the old bridge was hardly mentioned.

I challenge the State Member for Hawkesbury to hold a proper consultation and ask the people whether they want to keep the old bridge. If she honestly believes that the residents of Hawkesbury want to demolish the bridge then she has nothing to lose by delaying the demolition and asking the people.

Once this bridge is gone, it is gone forever and I believe that Robyn Preston is making a big mistake if she honestly believes that the people of Hawkesbury care so little about their heritage that they would condone the demolition of this important part of our history.

Come along to Hawkesbury Regional Museum at 8 Baker Street, Windsor, Wednesday to Monday 10am to 4pm, to sign the hard copy petition and ring the bell. We need over 10,000 signatures for it to be heard for debate by the NSW Government. You can even take your photo and post it to social media #savedbythebell

You can also contact Robyn Preston MP Member for Hawkesbury by via email hawkesbury@parliament.nsw.gov.au or tweet @RobynNSW on Twitter and mention @robynprestonmpforhawkesbury on Instagram or tag @RobynPrestonMPMemberforHawkesbury on Facebook to Save Our Historic Windsor Bridge.

The 1874 bridge offers huge tourism potential to the Hawkesbury community as a gathering place for events, markets and a link over the Hawkesbury River from Windsor and it is a vital part of our historical and cultural identity. Find out more about Windsor Bridge Saved by the Bell at www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/windsorbr

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