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MPs respond to new Lawrence bridge proposal

Geoff Helisma

Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis and federal Labor shadow minister for infrastructure, transport and regional development, Catherine King, have responded to Clarence Valley Council’s (CVC) decision to lobby relevant stakeholders to replace the Lawrence ferry with a bridge.

Councillors supported Cr Jason Kingsley’s notice of motion (NOM) at the June CVC meeting, to write to various state and federal politicians and the Lawrence Bridge Action Group (LBAG).

Cr Kingsley’s NOM advised councillors that there had been “no less than three bridge committee/bridge action groups formed since the 1970s”.

“LBAG met with Transport for NSW in 2018, presenting three different locations for a new bridge to replace the existing ferries,” Cr Kingsley wrote.

“Following this meeting, Traffic NSW requested Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to carry out a viability study.

“…The viability study and construction cost have now been completed and LBAG [is] seeking council’s support … to build a new bridge and replace the two ferries.”

Mr Gulaptis responded to CVC, writing that he “would certainly support a proposal which has the overwhelming backing of the local community, is safer and is clearly beneficial to the future growth of the area”.