Easter visitors to the Far South Coast were made aware over the weekend of plans by local and state government to destroy the heritage-listed Cuttagee Bridge on Tathra Bermagui Road, when they were confronted by signs at either end of the bridge.
The signs saying 'Save Me', alerted Canberra visitors to the issue, including couple Sam and Ella who were at the estuary swimming with their children on Sunday.
The Member for Bega and roads minister in the Berejiklian Liberal Nationals government, Andrew Constance, took the Far South Coast community, including the tourism industry, by surprise three weeks ago when he included the bridge in a list of over 20 wooden bridges in the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley shires to be replaced with concrete bridges.
Sam questioned the common sense of the government and council in destroying the region's heritage.
"Why would any government destroy this bridge? We come here for the bridges as well as the beaches. We have family at Jervis Bay and would go up there more often if the bridge was destroyed and Cuttagee and Murrah overdeveloped.
"Our kids love swimming here and the single lane bridge slows the traffic and makes it safer for all us families," he said.
A common theme on a Change.org petition to save the bridge, which has over 10,000 signatures and growing, is it would be a tragedy for the bridge to be destroyed, with many signatories dismayed it is even being considered.
The issue is likely to become a local government election issue and last week Bega Valley Shire councilors tried to get the highly-charged issue back off their books. With the public backlash growing councilors voted in favour of "urgently advocating" to the NSW Government that "it assumes responsibility for the Bermagui-Tathra Road, given the government’s capacity and financial resources."