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Kempsey rail bridge over Macleay River

Item details

Name of item: Kempsey rail bridge over Macleay River
Other name/s: Macleay River Railway bridge
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Bridge/ Viaduct
Location: Lat: -31.0867056991 Long: 152.8313970150
Primary address: North Coast railway, Kempsey, NSW 2440
Local govt. area: Kempsey
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Kempsey


The Boundary of the bridge is an area for 20 metres around the bridge and viaduct approaches, including abutments and embankments at the end of Kemp St and the end Railway St to the south and the bridge itself crossing the river.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
North Coast railwayKempseyKempsey  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Rail Infrastructure CorporationState Government 

Statement of significance:

The Macleay River bridge is one of the major river crossings on the North Coast Railway. When opened in 1917, the crossing of the river was achieved by 3 x 200' steel truss spans, approached by timber trestles. After experience of the 1950's floods, the steel trusses were raised about 1 metre and the approaches replaced by pre-stressed concrete spans.
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Physical description: STRUCTURES
rail bridge crossing Macleay River, steel truss 1917 - 3x200` spans, bridge approaches relocated to this site at time of construction. In 1966 the bridge spans were raised by 1 metre due to the 1950`s floods and pre-cast concrete approaches constructed, 502.4km

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 (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as historically rare. This item is assessed as arch. rare. This item is assessed as socially rare.
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
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.

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


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0104102 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

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Database number: 5012062

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