Old Serpentine Bridge School receives disability access upgrades

Published on Friday, 15 July 2022 at 9:24:26 AM

An historic Serpentine location has received a substantial upgrade with access improvements now complete at the Old Serpentine Bridge School.

Funded by a $50,000 State Government grant, recent works to the building included the construction of a disability compliant ramp with secure handrailing leading up to the verandah.

Overseen by the Serpentine Historical Society, the upgrades also included the installation of new door access to the building and the addition of a new step to the side of the verandah.

Serpentine Historical Society President Trevor Senior, who attended the school from 1951 – 1952, said the upgrades would allow for easier access for both people with a disability and the elderly.

“We get a lot of former students visiting the Old Bridge School who now require quite a bit of help to get into the building, so the new ramp access will be a great help for them,” Trevor said.

“A lot of people have very fond memories of the school or just playing by the river close by, so it’s great to have it be more accessible to those people now.”


Comments attributed to Member for Darling Downs, Hugh Jones

“When I first visited the Old Serpentine Bridge School it impressed as a time capsule carefully curated by the dedicated members of the Serpentine Historical Society, but needed investment to allow access for those with mobility issues,”

“I envisage that the school will form one part of a number of historical and natural destinations drawing day visitors to explore the beauty of Serpentine and to support local business.

“I am proud to see this election commitment fulfilled and for the Old Serpentine Bridge School to be available to more people.”


Comments attributed to Shire President, Cr Michelle Rich

“It’s wonderful to see such an important part of SJ’s local history receive such significant upgrades,”

“This building was a big part in many of our residents’ childhoods, and ensuring it is accessible to everyone aligns with the Shire’s vision to create a more inclusive community.

“The Shire thanks the State Government for their contribution to making this iconic SJ location more enjoyable for all.”


History of the Old Serpentine Bridge School

The school, which is listed on the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale’s Local Heritage Survey, was originally opened in 1858.

Two timber buildings accommodated classrooms for both older and younger students, before the current brick building was eventually built in 1902.

The school closed in 1954.

The Serpentine Historical Society opens the school to visitors on the second Sunday of every month from 10am – 2pm.

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