Nowra Bridge - 2ST

About 70 take part in Shoalhaven vaccination protest

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Shoalhaven Mayoral candidate Nina Digiglio was among about 70 people marching across the Shoalhaven Bridge on Sunday afternoon to protest against mandatory COVID vaccinations.

The protest was part of the national Reclaim The Line movement.

Disability workers, teachers, nurses and other health care workers joined parents walking with their children as they protested against the vaccination policies that have seen many take lengthy unpaid leave or lose their jobs.

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They include Ross Poulton's wife Bronwyn, who was a physiotherapist.

"In May last year my wife was warned if she came onto the premises she would be fined $5000, and her employer would be fined a greater amount," he said.

"So she took leave without pay, and I think it was about the beginning of October, she was fired."

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While some protested about losing their jobs, others carried signs raising concerns about losing the right to decide what happened to their own bodies.

"We believe the government is interfering with basic human rights by demanding the vaccinations, which don't work by the way, so we're her to protest that and to stand up for our freedoms," Mr Poulton said.

The protest march along the bridge footpath also included young parents walking with their children, carrying signs proclaiming their children should not be treated as science experiments.

Images: Glenn Ellard

Changed conditions on highway near Nowra Bridge

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Motorists are advised of changed traffic conditions from later this week on the Princes Highway and surrounding local roads in Nowra.

Routine maintenance will be carried out on the northbound Nowra Bridge while investigation work will be carried out at various locations as part of early work for the Nowra Bridge project.

The maintenance work will be carried out between 8pm and 5am from Sunday 23 to Thursday 27 February, to minimise impact to motorists.

Northbound lane closures will be in place on the bridge during work hours and will include bridge joint repairs and concrete. Two of three lanes will be closed at any one time and traffic will be diverted to either the far left or far right lane.

Utility and geotechnical investigations will take place for 10 nights over four weeks from Sunday 23 February. Work will be carried out on the Princes Highway between Mattes Way and Moss Street (up to five nights), Illaroo Road (up to two nights) and Pleasant Way and Bridge Road (up to three nights).

Work will be carried out during standard working hours where possible. Some  work will occur between 6pm and 6am Sunday to Fridays. Electronic message signs will be in place on the Princes Highway to advertise specific dates in advance.

Traffic control and a reduced speed limit of 40km/h will be in place for the safety of workers and road users.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions, and to follow the directions of signs and traffic control.

Transport for NSW thanks motorists for their patience during this time.

Photo: 2ST/Power news stock

No work on Nowra Bridge over Easter Break

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Work on the new Nowra Bridge will shut down over Easter.

Workers will down tools from 6pm this Thursday until 7am Tuesday.

However the reduced work zone speed limit of 60kmph will continue to be enforced.

The northbound bridge footpath will be open over this period.

UPCOMING NIGHT WORK:

Night work will be continuing across the project in April.

It will take place on the Princes Highway, Scenic Drive, and Bolong, Illaroo and Bridge roads as well as in the casting yard and temporary rock platform.

Work will take place from Tuesday April 6 to Friday April 30, weather permitting.

Night work will occur Sunday to Thursday between 6pm and 7am

Photo: Rob Gooda

Rock platform to support bridge piling machinery

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A temporary rock platform has been completed and will provide a working area for bridge piling and foundation work to commence on the Nowra Bridge Project.

The platform, on the shallow southern side of the river, will allow the piling rig and crawler cranes to operate safely. The platform will be removed when the bridge is complete.

In the coming months, work on the project will also include construction on the new local road connecting to Lyrebird Drive, removing material including rock from the work area near Illaroo Road and closing car parking spaces on Illaroo Road.

Median islands will be removed north of Bolong Road and work will start on widening the Princes Highway on the north western side of Bomaderry Creek.

Work will continue from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.

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