SHOALHAVEN Mayor Joanna Gash admitted communication and consultation with the Falls Creek community about the state of the Parma Creek Bridge had been poor.
Cr Gash attended a community meeting last week to discuss the short and long-term plans to fix the damaged bridge.
She said better communication and consultation were needed.
Cr Gash said sometimes people were so busy with the task at hand they forgot about letting the community know what was going on.
She said the community was sometimes at the bottom of the communication pile but stressed this would change with the restructured council.
She stood by her promise to have the bridge repaired by March 28.
“Heaven help me if it is not,” she said.
“I will say that council has fast-tracked the repairs and we are doing everything in our power to get it repaired.
“Council has also put a number of measures in place to ensure construction works on the new bridge are able to be expedited as much as possible. These include the fast tracked negotiation of precast components and immediate tendering for works.”
The meeting was also told that council had resolved to bring forward funds from the 2013/14 capital works program to enable construction of a replacement two-lane bridge with pedestrian access.