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Flood work in Wallsend

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It was a day she thought might never come.

Wallsend state MP Sonia Hornery last week praised the start of flood work, more than a decade after the Pasha Bulker storm decimated the suburb’s CBD.

Newcastle council has moved to replace the Tyrrell Street bridge, which will see the bridge and its support pillars removed and replaced with a single-span structure over the stormwater drain.

It is the first of three bridges that will be replaced as part of an overall plan to reduce the amount of flooding in the CBD.

Ms Hornery said the work on Tyrrell Street bridge was an important first step.

“The bridges over Nelson and Boscawen streets will also need to be replaced and the stormwater drains through the Wallsend CBD widened,” she said.

“Thankfully, the City of Newcastle has stepped up and was willing to put up the money to replace the bridge.

“I have been working with them for a long time to get to this point.

“Despite pleas from council, residents and businesses, the state government has refused to contribute a single cent towards any of the works required.

“It’s time for all stakeholders, including the state government and Hunter Water, to put up some money for these vital improvements.”

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