Power struggles between the council(s) and members of the community over the Bridge have been a part of Cobram’s history since its inception. The present day debates, that involved the Bridge, were similar to those that sprung up in 1888; Where it would go, cost and politics. When the shires nominated ideas for the Bridge due to safety concerns that had been found, the community revved up and started a petition for its survival. The council viewed the bridge as an eyesore in their lovely tourist location, destroying it would be costly; finding a place big enough to ‘dump’ its remains would be difficult.
Residents came up with the idea of turning the so-called eyesore into a tourist hotspot, adding to the tourism in Cobram, ridding the council of the problem of where to ‘dump’ it and greatly lowering the cost. The idea was to integrate the bridge with the walking track in between Cobram and Barooga. The Cobram-Barooga Bridge is now a Heritage icon, tourist icon for Cobram’s History and walking bridge for locals. This debate over the bridge’s mortality (as a driving bridge) involved the shire and normal members of community much like the Barooga Bridge League fought to get the bridges construction to begin faster.
The Barooga Bridge League was made up from members of the Cobram and Barooga communities to encourage the quick building of the bridge. The people of Cobram pushed for the bridge to finally be made after 12 years of Governmental debates revolving around the placement of the bridge and what it would be made of. Likewise the Bridge league was made up of ordinary people.