No bridge too far for Festival of Place

ABOVE: The old and new bridges at Tabulam. Photos: Susanna Freymark

The Tabulam Bridge community celebrates bridges and all things community at its Festival of Place and Bridge Festival this Saturday.

The event is now being held at the Tabulam Hall after recent rain made the racecourse ground unsuitable for the event.

Tabulam’s old bridge built in 1903, was the longest single-span, wooden truss bridge in the southern hemisphere and it stretched across the Clarence River to join the Bruxner Highway.

It was removed when the new concrete double lane bridge was completed in 2020. A section of the timber bridge is being kept as a viewing platform over the Clarence and work is still being done on the project.

The communities of Tabulam, Ewingar, Bonalbo, Mallanganee, Mummulgum and Tenterfield will come together from 10am to enjoy art, live music and other activities.

You don’t have to live there, everyone is welcome until 10pm.

The line-up of performers all day and into the night include Peter Salata, Philomena, Jess Lockwood with ‘Mum Says Yeah’, Marc Cellini, the Baxter Creek Band, Peter Mitchell, Pleaserelax, Rod Parry, Mel Martin, Ian & Lexie and Bonalbo’s 3 Legged Dog.

There will light show projections on the walls of the hall featuring faces of locals by RealArtWorks and Marion Conrow.

Come and celebrate in Tabulam, this Saturday, May 28 at the Tabulam Hall 10am-10pm.

Before the old timber bridge was taken down.

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