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Safety the priority as Council closes Marton Swing Bridge

Cook Shire Council has reluctantly closed the much-loved Swing Bridge at Marton until the deteriorating approach ramps can be replaced.



“Community safety is our number one priority,” said Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott. “The bridge itself is structurally sound, however the timber approach ramps on either side have been damaged by significant white ant infestation over the years.

Constructed more than 25 years ago, the picturesque walk-bridge hangs amongst the mangroves over a tributary that flows into the Endeavour River. The bridge also provides a crucial connection into town for residents living along Railway Avenue and beyond when the Minke River and Poison Creek crossings overflow. 

“The significant cost of maintenance and repairs to Council-owned infrastructure and assets is a considerable burden on Council’s operational budget,” added Mayor Scott.

“We recognise that the bridge is an important connection for community members living in the area, and will prioritise securing suitable funding to repair the approaches, until then we are faced with no other option, except to close the bridge.”

Peter Tonkes, Director of Infrastructure for Cook Shire Council said that as soon as the funds can be secured, the plan will be to replace the ramps with resilient materials, similar to composite materials used at the Cooktown Wharf.

For more information, please contact Cook Shire Council via email at or phone on 4082 0500.

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