Home' Journeys : Aug Sep 2015 Contents Highway designed for a traffic f low at about 100km/h. Currently
this is limited to 60km/h but for a few hours each morning and
afternoon it is closer to 10km/h. The back-up of vehicles on the
Granton side often extends for two or more kilometres.
While the lifting span is in good condition, it is a fragile structure.
I understand that if a large truck struck the bridge, the damage
would require closing this section until a replacement was built.
This would mean immense disruption to freight transport and
commuter travel in Tasmania, as was the case thirty years ago when
the bridge was closed for several weeks for reconstruction.
At that time it severely disrupted freight transport, commuter
traffic and emergency services but also had a substantial impact on
Glenorchy’s economy, as most people used the Eastern Shore route
and so ended up shopping in the Hobart CBD or Eastern Shore
Considering all these issues, I strongly recommend public support
for an immediate start to planning for the bridge, with land-based
earthworks to begin as soon as possible. This would not only create
a major employment initiative, it would also ensure continuity of
work for local contractors.
It is vitally important to avoid disruption to the economy of
Southern Tasmania in the event of a crash at the lift span, which
would also be an easy target for a terrorist attack.
Please remember the disruption and economic impact of the
Tasman Bridge disaster in 1975. If the lift span on the Bridgewater
Bridge is damaged beyond repair, a similar situation would arise.
It would have a more significant economic impact than the Tasman
Bridge disaster, because even if an immediate start was made, a
new Bridgewater Bridge would take a minimum of four years to
© Tasmania Government Department of State Growth
Bridgewater Bridge Planning Study
It won’t be long before Steve Cumper re-opens the doors of Red
Velvet Lounge in Cygnet following a devastating fire, allowing
happy ‘long lazy lunchers’ to settle in once more. Former
Country Chef of the Year, Steve and wife Cate were amazed at
the swell of support and assistance in getting the lounge back
on track. ‘It was quite the injection of belief that we needed at
our lowest ebb and validated our membership of the wonderful
community in which we’ve chosen to make our lives,’ Steve says.
Why did you join RACT?
I wanted a reputable Tasmanian company for my insurance
needs – people who understand the unique issues of the state.
What’s the most memorable time you’ve been helped
by being a member of RACT?
It would have to be the time I accidentally hit a wallaby on the
way home in the dark – sometimes they’re impossible to avoid.
Tell me about your current car. Does it have any
It’s a Volkswagen Caddy van, very practical and economical.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve seen
someone else doing while driving?
I’ve seen someone balancing a king-size mattress on their car on
the Huon Highway!
Have you ever run out of petrol at an inopportune time?
Actually no, my dad instilled in me never to let the tank run dry
as the carbie could get clogged. Even though my cars have fuel
injection, I still follow his advice.
Did you have any amusing times when you were
learning to drive?
Like many kids, I learned to drive with my parents, picking up
their good and bad habits.
What is your biggest motoring gripe?
Lack of courtesy.
Have you ever driven in another country?
Yes, in England and Europe, although I wished I was in the
passenger seat, as I missed out on much sightseeing.
What is your most memorable holiday moment?
Eating gelato with my wife in Milan, splashing in the sea with
my kids on Bruny, basking in the glory of the Taj Mahal with
What is your favourite holiday destination?
Any where will do, as long as my friends and family are with me.
Where do you plan to spend your next holiday?
I’d love for the five of us to travel to Thailand for a couple of
weeks, or Spain or Dubrovnik – or any where really!
Photo and interview: Alice Hansen
AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2015 Journeys 9
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