Be seated and ponder Macleay Valley timber legacy

FIRST it was the post and rail fence, now an impressive park bench and picnic table has been installed by the Kempsey Shire Council in Stuart St, with the promise of more to come.

Constructed by council bridge builders and carpenters, the bench and table are made form spectacular reclaimed 120 year-old tallowwood and ironbark timbers recycled from the Hampden

Bridge in Wagga Wagga which was demolished in 2014.

 

Interpretive signs telling the story of how the natural bounty of timber that greeted white settlers in the Macleay contributed to the development of the region will also be installed.

Kempsey Shire Council director of Infrastructure Services Robert Scott described the philosophy behind the project.

“Timber is so important to the history of the Macleay Valley,” Mr Scott said

“The design of the tables represents the size and scale of the trees that supplied the timber and the size of the timbers used to build the bridge that they came from’.

“It took along time and some effort to source timber in the size that we wanted it.”

Mr Scott said the project had really captured the imagination of the council employees who worked on it.

“I know they are pretty happy with the end result,” he said.

“They got a real buzz from the challenge and we literally couldn’t keep people from wanting to work on it.

“The concrete pads the table and bench sit on were poured using a test batch of concrete from Smith St so that didn’t really cost us anything.

“It is a good use of council resources and skills,” Mr Scott said worked on it.

“I know they are pretty happy with the end result,” he said.

“They got a real buzz from the challenge and we literally couldn’t keep people from wanting to work on it.

“The concrete pads the table and bench sit on were poured using a test batch of concrete from Smith St so that didn’t really cost us anything.

“It is a good use of council resources and skills,” Mr Scott said