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Padlocks removed from iconic bridge

Sea Cliff Bridge, Coalcliff. PHOTO: RMS

PADLOCKS that have been clipped on Sea Cliff Bridge by couples declaring their love for each other have been removed and will be available for collection at the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) depot at Russell Vale all next month.

Earlier this month residents and visitors started taking their padlocks off Sea Cliff Bridge ahead of the planned RMS removal.

RMS Southern Regional manager, Bradley Turner said padlocks were removed after September 10 and can be collected from the works centre at 21 York Place Russell Vale until October 31.

“While we understand the emotional attachment people have to these padlocks, Sea Cliff Bridge is not an appropriate place to leave them,” he said.

“The metal corrodes and rusts, causing damage to the bridge,” he said.

RMS said it will continue to remove any padlocks placed on the iconic bridge into the future.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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