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Not that damn bridge again

I know I keep harping on about our new bridge but I do like it.  A couple of posts back, I reported on the finishing touches being applied to the Barwon Heads end and a walk today showed that the work was now complete. 





Workmen were still finishing off lining the sides with timber from a barge and some tidying up needs to be done at the Ocean Grove approach, but other than that, it’s a job well done.

Even the local burghers who whinged and whined about the new bridge have admitted that the finished product looks good. They wanted a new bridge built a few hundred metres downstream and the old bridge kept for prosperity to be used for markets and whatever bizarre things they had in mind.  They also opposed a separate footbridge, so if they feel the need to cross the river at any stage, they are more than welcome to cross with the cars or swim.

An intense low pressure system south of Tasmania has been creating monster tides and waves that have been wreaking havoc along the coastline. 





We’ve been assured that the damage is cyclic and that the sands will return later in the year. 

Yeah, right. Taking into consideration that Antarctica is melting at a furious rate, do you think that those cliffs will be back to that fence where they belong by Christmas?

If they are, I’ll run up and down that beach naked in the middle of a hot Sunday afternoon in January.

  1. june in florida
    July 14, 2011 at 1:43 am

    The sands do return but not always where they were taken from. Cape cod was a good example, Chatham on the south shore lost beach and houses but the north shore got more beach. Probably not the same sand and never got the houses back. Very good looking bridge, btw i sent you another tourist, guy said he was going to sw Oz and i told him he had to see The Great Ocean Road.

    I know some will come back but this damage is bigger than I have seen.

    Send over your tourists and their dollars, but unfortunately for you guys, it’s not good value at $A1.06 to the greenback.

    • July 18, 2011 at 4:49 am

      Hell DB, the US$ is so worthless that the Border Patrol is on alert for people trying to cross the border looking for better jobs. Oh, I mean crossing from USA to EUM (Mexico). All those gringos stealing jobs from hard working latinos. 😉

      We’re tempted to jump a plane to see the mass exodus ourselves, and of course, to spend some money at $A1.06 instead of $A0.58 when were last there.

      It’s hard to imagine that we hang off the coat-tails of Asia when only a few short years ago it was a basket case.

  2. July 14, 2011 at 2:12 am

    I don’t think the cliffs will return but the sand might. lets hope so, anyway. Erosion from storms has been happening for ever, it’s all that extra water from the melting icecaps that’s the big problem. Have you seen the videos of the huge ice island that broke from Greenland last year and is now drifting past the Labrador coast?
    Bridge is looking good. Progress in spite of the opposition.
    BTW I’ll be posting some good news on my blog soon…. not telling what just yet, so keep tuned in.

    I’m always tuned into your blog. The suspense is killing me.

  3. MM
    July 14, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Came across the bridge last night and understand why the fisherman are complaining that the lights are blinding them – man they are bright! (Look good though 🙂 )

    As I say, leave a box of cheap sunglasses on a buoy near the bridge.

  4. Mary
    July 18, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I’ll have the fence moved to the cliffs by Christmas. Let’s know when your nudey run is on so we can have the locals who protested against the bridge, lined up, strung and quartered along the cliff.

    Your imagination running wild.

  5. July 19, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    It’s been years and years since I visited your part of the world. I recall the beaches as being a lot bigger then. Must do a road trip one day to see the differences.

    The last time I visited your area, I saw it a large slab of it running the Adelaide Marathon

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