When it came time for our committee to choose a name for our function centre, we wanted to choose something that broke the mood, something that didn't stick with the usual "Big River something" that is so common for Grafton businesses.
Grafton essentially has 3 main icons 1. The Clarence River, 2. The Jacaranda Tree, 3. The Grafton Bridge. The first two icons have so much heritage and are used throughout Grafton, so we thought lets give the bridge a shout out, and lets find an interesting and original way to do it! So after much discussion and research we landed on "Bascule". Not many people know that our bridge used to open! Its called a Bascule Bridge.
A bascule bridge (sometimes referred to as a drawbridge) is a moveable bridge with a counterweight that continuously balances a span, or "leaf", throughout its upward swing to provide clearance for boat traffic.
It may be single- or double-leafed.
The name comes from the French term for balance scale, which employs the same principle. Bascule bridges are the most common type of movable span because they open quickly and require relatively little energy to operate, while providing the possibility for unlimited vertical clearance for marine traffic.