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Cooerwull Railway footbridge

Item details

Name of item: Cooerwull Railway footbridge
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Foot Bridge
Location: Lat: -33.471626912352 Long: 150.1896175252
Primary address: Top Points Zig Zag Railway, Lithgow, NSW 2790
Local govt. area: Lithgow
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Bathurst
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT9 DP788554
LOT2 DP932875
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Top Points Zig Zag RailwayLithgowLithgow  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

This is the only A frame timber bridge built in the State, built to the simplest design with local materials. It was built in 1941 as a low-cost temporary wartime railway footbridge for workers at the nearby Small Arms Factory. In 2002 it was relocated to Top Points at the Zig Zag Railway.
Date significance updated: 16 Mar 06
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Description

Construction years: 1941-1941
Physical description: Timber A-frame railway footbridge at Top Points, Zig Zag Railway. Originally located over tracks at Cooerwull.
Current use: Footbridge
Former use: Footbridge

History

Historical notes: Originally constructed in 1941 as a low-cost temporary wartime railway footbridge for workers at the nearby Small Arms Factory Lithgow. After closure of the Small Arms Factory Factory in 1974 the footbridge was retained for public use and then replaced by a steel and concrete structure in 1995.

The State Rail Authority recognised the heritage significance of the A-frame structure and and placed it, in its complete form, adjacent to its original site. Subsequently in 2002 the Zig Zag Railway negotiated removal to the footbridge to its Top Points site for display, use and preservation.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Transport-Activities associated with the moving of people and goods from one place to another, and systems for the provision of such movements Public tramline system-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Transport-Activities associated with the moving of people and goods from one place to another, and systems for the provision of such movements Providing and using pedestrian tracks and ways-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item is historically rare as the only A-frame timber footbridge in New South Wales.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
This item is associated with the Small Arms Factory, Lithgow for which it was purpose built.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is assessed as architecturally rare.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The footbridge has some social significance to those people who worked at the nearby Small Arms Factory.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
This item is assessed as scientifically rare.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
This item is rare on a state-wide basis as the only A-frame timber bridge in New South Wales.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
This item is representative of many 'temporary' or 'for the duration of the war' structures that remain in New South Wales.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
HERITAGE ACT 1977
Notice of Order Under Section 57 (2) of the Heritage Act 1977

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to subsection 57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977, on the recommendation of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, do by this Order:

1. revoke the Schedule of Exemptions to subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act made under subsection 57(2) and published in the Government Gazette on 22 February 2008; and

2. grant standard exemptions from subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule attached.

FRANK SARTOR
Minister for Planning
Sydney, 11 July 2008

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Sep 5 2008

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0111502 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

References, internet links & images

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5011973


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