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Eagle nesting delays bridge access works (again)

November 3, 2023 10:09 am in by

Work in the trails leading to the Warrawee suspension bridge over the Mersey River as part of the Wild Mersey Mountain Bike network has again been halted due to the nearby presence of nesting wedge tailed eagles.

A recent aerial survey confirmed the presence of the birds near the construction site on the northern side of the bridge, which is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the Southern Hemisphere.

Latrobe Mayor Peter Freshney says the delay is disappointing and frustrating, but necessary to maintain the natural values of the Warrawee Conservation Area and will remain a priority for the council.

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However, Parks and Wildlife Tasmania has permitted the use of hand tools on the track, but heavy machinery is off-limits until the nesting season ends in March, with the bridge still not yet open to the public.

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