Flashback: The heroic story behind a Mackay bridge
DRIVING over the single lane bridge at Habana, your mind is focused on watching for approaching cars on the other side.
Before the bridge, there was a low-lying causeway, Cr Bonaventura said.
More Mackay flashbacks:
"Charlie (Crear) was a local and this bridge was under construction," he said.
"And it flooded.
"There was a wife on the other side that was heavily pregnant and needed to get to hospital and was having difficulty.
"Charlie was down at the local shop and to cut a long story short, he swam across the creek with a rope.
"Somebody on the other side had a boat.
"They tied a rope to the tree and brought her across."
The mother gave birth to a son named Sam Schembri who has since passed away, Cr Bonaventura said.
"His grandchildren and grandchildren live out at Habana now and his son is the president of the (Habana and District) Progress Association."
Cr Bonaventura said residents hoped the bridge would one day be widened to two lanes.
This story was thanks to the My Town series - a Daily Mercury and Mackay Regional Council initiative.
Today, reporter Zizi Averill will visit Eimeo Pacific Hotel from 10.30am to noon along with Cr Michelle Green to hear from Northern Beaches residents.
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