Old Bridge

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by MJW, May 4, 2008.

  1. MJW

    MJW Guest

    I was out on a bike ride after work the other day,
    & came across this bridge. My boss had told me
    about it previously & said I should check it out.
    For those ppl in NSW, it is roughly in between
    Smithfield & Prospect. To be more precise, it is
    in the Greystanes region. This is what it looks
    likes from the cycle path.

    www.members.optusnet.com.au/mjwyllie/Bridge-01.JPG

    I jumped off the path & went to the side for a
    better view.

    www.members.optusnet.com.au/mjwyllie/Bridge-04.JPG

    Here is a close-up of the arches.

    www.members.optusnet.com.au/mjwyllie/Bridge-02.JPG

    And finally, here is a shot just off to the side.

    www.members.optusnet.com.au/mjwyllie/Bridge-07.JPG

    Hope you all enjoy....


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    MJW, May 4, 2008
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  2. MJW

    Rob. Guest


    Greystanes Bridge - does that carry water?


    Its a wonder they havent pulled it down like the rest of the countries
    history.
     
    Rob., May 4, 2008
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  3. It may have been part of the open canal from Prospect Reservoir to
    Potts Hill at one time.
    Soon...soon!

    Nice photos BTW.
     
    Polly the Parrot, May 4, 2008
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  4. MJW

    MJW Guest

    It used to. As you can see they have made it part
    of the cycleway. I hope it is not destined for the
    scrap-heap, as it is a great looking bridge!

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    MJW, May 4, 2008
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  5. MJW

    MJW Guest

    Pretty sure thats right. My boss knows more about
    the local history, I will have to ask him more.
    Hope not! :-(
    Thank you!


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    MJW, May 4, 2008
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  6. MJW

    Rob. Guest


    Also forgot to mention they were nice images, clean and simple.

    r
     
    Rob., May 4, 2008
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  7. MJW

    Rob. Guest


    This came up elsewhere

    http://camwest.pps.com.au/news/closure-of-prospect-canal-path.shtml

    Keep an eye out.
     
    Rob., May 4, 2008
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  8. MJW

    Rob. Guest

    Spoke too soon :(

    r


    The cycleway along the Lower Prospect Canal is closed between Prospect
    Reservoir and Hylands Rd.

    This closure is in effect until 17th October (if we are lucky).

    There is supposed to be a signposted detour route along Greystanes Rd
    and through the Nelson Ridge residential area. There appear to be no
    alternatives that I see apart from either Chandos St or The Horsley
    Drive and through Wetherall Park or Blacktown and the M4 or via the
    regional route along the railway.

    This closure is due to a major industrial and residential development
    planned by Boral for Southern Employment Lands (usings the old Prospect
    Quarry) granted by the Minister for Planning in July 2007 under the
    Part 3a approval process - this is the approval process that gives the
    Minister the right to approve any site he thinks is significant enough
    without any interference by the local council or community. That change
    to the EP&A law went in several years ago but the Minister is planning
    even tighter control over development applications, taking away even
    more council influence, meaning taking away even more consultation with
    the local community and other stakeholders, like bike groups.... but
    thats another issue!

    There is information about this development on the planning nsw web
    site ('here'
    (http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/asp/2007_ndetermination_part3a.asp)
    search for Greystanes and you will find it).. You will notice that there
    is a singular lack of recognition that there is any cycleway in the area
    and just one mention of building a cycleway (as if its a benefit rather
    than reinstating access already available)

    Anyway, according to Holroyd Council the original plans include an
    alternative cycleway including a cycleway bridge over a proposed road
    which is part of the development. BUT more recent construction diagrams
    show diverting cyclists onto Greystanes Road and through the Nelson's
    Ridge estate and Holroyd Council is raising concerns with the lack of
    consultation and risk to cyclists. Council is asking for urgent
    representation to retain the heritage canal and cycleway intact at the
    location of the roadworks by providing a grade separated crossing of the
    proposed road.

    (this is is just another case of closure of a cycling route without
    providing an alternative.)
     
    Rob., May 4, 2008
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  9. MJW

    Avery Guest


    Thanks for that Michael - good photos.

    I never knew this existed - must get off my arse and go find it.

    Thank You.
     
    Avery, May 4, 2008
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  10. MJW

    MJW Guest

    Thanks Rob!

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    MJW, May 5, 2008
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  11. MJW

    MJW Guest

    Ha, always a pleasure to find & share something
    new! Hope I can get a few more looks at it. I'm
    about to get a 10-20mm Sigma lens, so I will be
    able to get the whole thing in the picture!

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    MJW, May 5, 2008
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    Rob Guest

    Just watch the distortion, remember to keep the verticals, vertical.

    rm
     
    Rob, May 5, 2008
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  13. MJW

    MJW Guest

    Thanks for the tip!

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    MJW, May 6, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    Great shots mate. Thanks for posting. Like someone (Rob?) else
    said, clean and simple. Being an engineer, I also like the
    structural side of it :)
     
    Troy Piggins, May 6, 2008
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  15. MJW

    MJW Guest

    Thanks Troy. Its good to be able to find something
    like this every now & then!

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    MJW, May 7, 2008
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