Sign the Petition and Ring the Bell at our Museum Save our Historic Windsor Bridge

The Ring the Bell to Save Our Historic Windsor Bridge campaign has seen many community members and visitors ring the bell and sign the petition.

Council has now placed the bell at Hawkesbury Regional Museum, 8 Baker Street, Windsor, an appropriate place for a campaign to save our history, the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert said.

“Come along and meet our friendly Museum staff, Wednesday to Monday 10am to 4pm, to sign the hard copy petition and ring the bell that we have at the Museum! 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,” the Mayor said.

“You can help save the historic Windsor Bridge from being demolished following the construction of the new Windsor Bridge by the NSW State Government.

“Our 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. Whether you are a local business or tourism operator, a resident, a Hawkesbury visitor, a member of a historic society or simply someone who wants to enjoy walking on this heritage bridge, this is your chance to have your say.”

Sign the petition today and ring the bell at our Museum and also contact NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian via www.nsw.gov.au/premier-of-nsw/contact-premier or tweet @GladysB on Twitter and mention @GladysB on Instagram or tag @gladysnsw on Facebook to save Our Historic Windsor Bridge.

The Mayor said the Saved by the Bell to Save Our Historic Windsor Bridge campaign was a good expression to choose for the historic Windsor Bridge.

“Some people say that the expression saved by the bell originates from long ago when people were afraid of being buried alive, so they had a string from the coffin leading to above the ground. Then, if they woke up they could ring the bell and be saved by the bell. We chose Saved by the Bell for historic Windsor Bridge because the bridge is at its death knell if it is demolished and we are trying to save it.”

The bell that everyone can ring as part of the Bridge campaign was originally used for the Centenary of Federation, rung at Hawkesbury City Council in celebration of the Centenary on 1 January 2001.

“Ringing the bell is a symbolic and interactive way for people to express their opinion that they want the bridge saved,” Mayor Calvert said.

The bell was moved from the campaign launch location of Thompson Square to the Museum to provide a secure location that is accessible to the public. The Museum was chosen as it is part of the historic precinct that is close to the location of the bridge. Locating the bell at the Museum also means that Museum staff are able to ensure COVID-Safe guidelines are maintained. Museum staff will also be on hand to answer any questions about the petition and the historic Windsor Bridge.

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