The old Diggers Bridge is one of the few remaining wooden bridges in the shire, and a favourite spot for wedding photos.
As part of the construction of a new two-lane bridge across the Mowbray River, Council committed to keeping the wooden Diggers Bridge and maintain it in the long term as a recreational facility for fishers, walkers and cyclists.
Elements already completed include:
- The planting of 336 rainforest trees on the northern side of the access road. A total of 36 different species have been planted and include Lilly Pilly trees, Ylang Ylang, several variety of figs, Yellow Cheesewoods and Mountain Cedar trees. According to the local cane farmer all are thriving.
- The now unused section of bitumen road has been removed.
- The area has been levelled out.
- A water meter has been installed.
There are two parts to this project.
The first involves refurbishment of the existing wooden bridge based on the engineer’s report completed in June 2018. The refurbishment of the pedestrian bridge and the installation of handrails will ensure the continued safe use of the wooden bridge for cyclists and pedestrians. Refurbishment to the pedestrian bridge includes:
- Concrete repair to all concrete piers.
- Twelve new girders.
- Six new corbels
- Thirty new Deck Units
The second involves landscaping of the surrounds and a vegetation plan may be viewed here. In summary, the landscaping proposed includes:
- Removal of the now unused section of bitumen road.
- Levelling out of the area and grassing of same.
- Planting of a few shade trees.
- Placement of table and chairs.
- Installation of a Douglas Historical Society sign providing information about the original Diggers Bridge built in 1919.
- The creation of a 2 metre wide pathway leading from the cycle lane on the new Diggers Bridge and connecting to Mowbray River Road.