Media Releases: 19 November 2012

70 metre suspension bridge makes history at Historic Village Herberton

Herberton, October 3 - Taking more than two days with a crew of 10 men and three cranes, Historic Village Herberton has made history of its own today with a new 70-metre suspension bridge linking the two sides of Wild River on its 16 acre property.

Built by the Village’s building supervisor Bill Leet, the bridge which took three months to construct, was designed by Atherton-based engineer Max Slade Designs and engineered by Coal Fax Engineers in Cairns.

Made entirely from locally cut Cooktown Ironwood and Blue Gum timbers, the two big towers, which feature 12-metre high poles with thick 500mm diametres, will support the weight of the suspension bridge.

Craig Kimberley, owner with his wife Connie of Historic Village Herberton, said there was no other bridge like in the area and it would allow the Village to grow in coming years as new attractions are added.

“We are putting the suspension bridge across Wild River from one side of the village to other so we can open up the 10 acres of land over the other side.”

Craig said plans were already underway to build a camp cooking site, open up bush walking trails as well as recreate an old timber saw mill, which was recently donated to the Village.

“We have no room on this side of the river but on the other side there is so much potential for growth. People are offering us fantastic collections all the time and there is no room to put them. We will continue to develop this side over the next couple of years.”

He said the bridge would be officially opened on December 26, in time for the Christmas holiday period. “The great thing is, even in the wet season people will be able to cross Wild River and access the great range of attractions we will have in place.”


Publicity:  Tanya Snelling, Strategic PR T:  0417 202 663
E:  email/tanya)(