Timber from the old Tabulam Bridge is being repurposed by local community groups, as final touches on its $48 million replacement bridge are being laid.
"We know how important the old bridge was to locals, which is why we've worked with local councils and organisations to donate some of the recycled timber that was safe to repurpose," said Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole.
"Some of the timber has already been delivered to Kyogle and Tenterfield councils for their bridge maintenance work, some will be installed at the Casino and Tenterfield museums, and both the Tabulam preschool and primary school are planning to use the timber on future projects.
MLC Ben Franklin said now that main contractor Georgiou Group had completed work on site, Transport for NSW would focus on finishing work to commemorate the old bridge.
"This includes using a section of a truss to build a viewing platform in a new park on the eastern side of the river, and using salvaged elements in two replicas to be installed on the new bridge," Mr Franklin said.