A campaign is underway to have a pedestrian/cycle bridge built over Flanagan’s Creek in Thirroul
The Thirroul Village Committee is calling for the construction, saying it would link the north and south ends of the beach, thereby reducing crowding on busy days.
They’re also calling on Council to have the bridge included in the Grand Pacific Cycleway, saying taking the route down Kennedy’s Hill and into Henley St before heading south along the beach is a safer, more scenic route that avoids that existing nasty, right-angled corner at The Esplanade.
Committee spokesman Murray Jones says there was a bridge there many years ago, however it fell into disrepair and was never replaced. You can see it in this photo on the Thirroul History in Photos Facebook page
“The land where the pool and park are now was once an island,” says Murray. “Then almost back to the railway station was a lagoon,” says Murray. “One of our old members Don Grey told stories of the area being filled in back to Ocean street in the 1930s with coal waste from Excelsior Mine. So there was a bridge to access that island.”
“We are calling on Council to include a bridge, similar to the one that crosses the creek into McCauley’s, as part of their planning for the Grand Pacific Cycleway. And we’d love it to be called the Don Grey Bridge, in memory of an incredible man who has documented the history of our area.
The next meeting of the Thirroul Village Committee will be held at 4pm on Sunday April 15 at the Thirroul Railway Hall.