Gold to build a bridge
By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GOLD may help build a new bridge across the Boyne River just outside of Nagoorin in the Boyne Valley.
The existing wooden bridge is deteriorating rapidly.
Calliope Shire Council believes it may soon be no longer safe to use, particularly in the case of a wet summer season. Recently the council imposed a five-tonne restriction for the bridge because of its bad state of repair.
At its meeting on Friday the council decided to call on gold mining company Norton Gold Fields Ltd, which is expected to be the major user of the crossing, to help meet the cost of a new $305,000 culvert and causeway.
The company has just started gold mining at the historic Norton mining lease and expects to start hauling gold bearing for processing in Gympie in the near future.
"It will be to our mutual advantage for (the company) to contribute toward the structure,'' Mr Miller said.
The council had already begun costings for a causeway or bridge because of the bad condition of the existing structure and had already set aside $90,000 in this year's budget for the work.