The panel will work with Council to decide the historic bridge’s future.
In March this year Council made the difficult decision to reduce the bridge’s load limit from six to three tonnes.
“It was a difficult decision, but one that was made to ensure the safety of those using the bridge,” Strathbogie Shire Mayor, Cr Chris Raeburn, said.
“A detailed inspection and assessment of the load carrying capacity of Kirwans Bridge found the bridge is in poor condition and there are several maintenance items that need attention.”
Expressions of Interest are now open for people to join the Community Panel.
Cr Raeburn said the panel would help decide how best to continue access for the community, while also protecting its historic significance of the bridge and as a tourist attraction.
“This is a genuine way for the Shire to work with those most affected and to solve this important issue together,” he said.
The purpose of the Community Panel is to;
• Facilitate broader community involvement in discussions regarding the bridge’s future
• Capture local knowledge, issues, concerns and opportunities
• Coordinate responses from the Shire in relation to concerns and requests.
• Plan a future for Kirwans Bridge.