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YIPWEA Regional Get-together

  • 1.  YIPWEA Regional Get-together

    Posted 05-06-2014 20:28
    Afternoon all, Turning my mind to the potential for our next YIPWEA get-together, I thought that if we were to hold it in Wagga, we might be able to coincide with a site inspection - and if we really got our cards in order a viewing of a span being detached from the pile - of the demolition of the Hampden Bridge. From the Wagga City website: "In March 2012, Wagga Wagga City Council resolved to demolish Hampden Bridge due to significant deterioration of the timbers, the cost of rehabilitation and ongoing maintenance expenditure. The Bridge has been an iconic part of Wagga Wagga's visual and historical landscape for 118 years. Hampden Bridge was officially opened on 11 November 1895 by the New South Wales Minister for Works, J. H. Young and named in honour of the new Governor of the colony, Sir Henry Robert Brand, 2nd Viscount Hampden. Hampden Bridge was the second of three bridges to have served as a crossing in that location. The third (and currently operational) Wiradjuri Bridge was opened in 1995 downstream of the Hampden Bridge, replacing the Hampden as the vehicular crossing point. Hampden Bridge continued to serve as a footbridge and cycleway until it was permanently closed to all public access in August 2006 due to safety concerns" - <> Have a look at the video too; they're planning on using a pretty novel technique, utilising explosive charges to detach the spans from the piles. I'm yet to make contact with Wagga City, I hope to see them face to face on Tuesday, but would there be interest amongst the group? Cheers, ------------------------------------------- Will Barton Deputy Engineer Junee Shire Council JUNEE NSW -------------------------------------------

  • 2.  RE: YIPWEA Regional Get-together

    Posted 29-10-2014 23:28
    Hi All, I thought i would post something in this disucssion to encourage other members to start thinking about attending a possible YIPWEA get together. I think we can all agree that having a technical/social gathering for the younger crowd has its benefits. I recieved positive feedback from our inaugrial YIPWEA event at Wet n Wild so i think its a really good idea to keep these types of events going (possibly on a yearly basis). I have had some discussions with Will and a few others over the past couple of weeks about possibly having another YIPWEA get togther early-mid 2015 at a regional location. One of the possible locations that was suggested was Bathurst. Considering the 2014 race had plenty of drama with the surfacing I thought it might be an interesting discussion point. I know its only October but i think if we start discussing it from now people will be able to make suitable arrangements to attend. Let me know what you think. Cheers ------------------------------------------- Christopher Wahbe Blacktown City Council BLACKTOWN NSW -------------------------------------------

  • 3.  RE: YIPWEA Regional Get-together

    Posted 04-11-2014 16:50
    I think this would be a terrific idea Chris. As I mentioned to you up at Coffs, my preference is for a regional location and to that end I think Bathurst would satisfy this and still be relatively close to Sydney.

    My thoughts on timing would be Feb/March to get past the lump of holidays that come with the Christmas/NY break.


    Will Barton
    Deputy Engineer
    Junee Shire Council