Council staff look over the footbridge at Mt Morgan soon after it collapsed.
Council staff look over the footbridge at Mt Morgan soon after it collapsed. Sharyn O'Neill

Anchors blamed in collapse

THE Department of Environment and Resource Management has received the engineering report into the collapse of the Tipperary Point Swinging Bridge in Mount Morgan.

The report, which has been provided to Rockhampton Regional Council, concluded that the structure collapsed due to the failure of anchors supporting the bridge. The department has received assurances from Rockhampton Regional Council that fencing work adjacent to the structure was being carried out appropriately at the time of the bridge collapse.

Rockhampton Regional Council has informed the department it will take action to decrease the safety risks at the site.

While the bridge isn’t heritage listed, it has been nominated for such recognition.

Residents would like to see the historic bridge restored and maintained, but councillors have decided not to support the heritage listing of the historic Mt Morgan bridge on the grounds it might cost too much money.

Council and the Department of Environment and Resource Management are continuing to work together in determining the most appropriate course of action for the bridge. The historic bridge collapsed into the Dee River earlier this month.

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