Access denied to buses on road to Watersleigh function centre

Speaker at a Youthworks conference. Picture: Facebook

Speaker at a Youthworks conference. Picture: Facebook

Shoalhaven Council recently placed a weight limit on a Watersleigh bridge, preventing buses and delivery trucks from accessing a conference centre kilometres down the road.

The restriction on the Bengalee Creek Bridge has been a major inconvenience for Youthworks’ Koloona site.

Its conference centre is based 2km from the bridge.

“Youthworks is actively working with Shoalhaven Council to find a solution that enables us to continue operating while the bridge is repaired,” Youthworks corporate communication manager Matt Holden said.

“This is an urgent priority for us, as the restrictions mean a large number of delivery trucks and customer buses are no longer able to access our conference centres. 

“This includes food and equipment delivery, waste disposal and many others.”

The timber bridge on Koloona Drive was showing signs of deterioration.

Council implemented a weight restriction of 13 tonnes in response to findings from a structural assessment of the bridge.

Soon after receiving questions from the South Coast Register about the weight restriction, council announced temporary works to raise the load limit to 20 tonnes had been organised and should be completed by the end of the month.

Youthworks praised council for the temporary fix.

“We are grateful for this compromise as it significantly reduces the impact on our customers and ability to receive suppliers,” Mr Holden said.

Meantime, domestic and commercial waste collection services are using smaller vehicles, and smaller buses are being used to access the conference centres at the end of Koloona Drive.

The bridge will also be considered for replacement under council’s 2018/2019 Bridge Renewal Program.