Bridge builder honoured

Narrandera Mayor Neville Kschenka, the late Terry Smith’s widow Nella Smith and Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke, unveiling the memorial plaque at the Rocky Waterholes Bridge on Monday afternoon.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke joined Narrandera Shire Council Mayor Neville Kschenka at the unveiling of the T E Smith Rocky Waterholes memorial plaque at the Rocky Waterholes Bridge, a place close to the late Mr Smith’s heart.

“Terry is dearly missed by the community but his legacy in establishing and maintaining Narrandera’s iconic wetlands will never be forgotten,” said Ms Cooke.

This dedication ceremony recognised the legacy of Mr Smith, a man of many talents to whom the Narrandera Shire is indebted for his outstanding contribution to enhancing the local natural environment. He was passionate about caring for the environment and an active member of the local community.

Among many things, he was an avid member of Narrandera Landcare, the Narrandera Koala Regeneration Committee and the Narrandera Shire Council Wetlands Advisory Committee.

He was eager to see Narrandera Wetlands established and maintained to a level that was attractive to visitors and locals, and was effective for providing habitat to native birds, plants and animals.

The T.E Smith Rocky Waterholes Bridge is one of the many projects he was involved in with great passion and interest.

Many locals will attest that the Rocky Waterholes Bridge project is one of the greatest community projects seen in the Narrandera Shire.

Planting and growing trees was his passion and he was an inaugural member of Narrandera Landcare Group, president for ten years and regarded as a very hard act to follow. He played a major part in organising and planting the Narrandera Wetlands and went from there to bridge building.

He researched the Australian Panel bridge and knew where enough pieces were around the countryside.

He collected rollers and frames, wire brushed them all and painted them in the shed and then led a community effort to install the bridge across the creek into the wetlands.

After this success he turned his attention to the broken bridge at Rocky Waterholes and repeated the process on a much larger scale.

About 80 volunteers under his leadership launched the Panel bridge across the canal and joined two recreation areas with a pedestrian/cycle way.

Mayor Kschenka said it was wonderful to see such a great turn out of community members come together with Terry’s family and friends in celebration of his achievements and acknowledge of all that he did for the Shire.

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  1. Great stuff !

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