It's name on for the new Grafton Bridge
1 September 2020
The process for the community to give Grafton’s second crossing over the Clarence River a name has begun with online submissions now open, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced.
Mr Gulaptis said naming the bridge was the logical final step for the project, which officially came to a close last month after the first sod was turned in October 2016.
“It took decades of pressure from locals before I convinced the NSW Government to put the money in the budget to build this great new bridge so it is very much our monument and one which the community should have input in naming.
“Thousands of people took the opportunity to be a part of history when celebrating the opening late last year; now they can be part of history again in putting forward their ideas on a name.”
Mr Gulaptis said since opening to traffic in December, the $240 million bridge has been a game changer for the people of Grafton.
“During construction it provided a real boost for the Jacaranda city, supporting about 220 jobs at the peak of work and providing economic support to many local contractors and businesses.
“The people of Grafton waited a long time for this bridge and I think everyone would agree the wait has been worth it.”
“We’re asking the community and local stakeholders to suggest names, with Transport for NSW working with Clarence Valley Council to review submissions before selecting the preferred name.”
Transport for NSW will also consult with local Aboriginal groups as part of this process to ensure any Indigenous names selected have their support.
“Once Council has reviewed all naming suggestions received, they may choose to recommend an Aboriginal name or may suggest two names – an Aboriginal name and a European name,” Mr Gulaptis said.
Submissions will be open until 5pm Wednesday, 30 September after which Transport for NSW will collate submissions and provide a report to council.
Council will then review all submissions and recommend a new bridge name to Transport for NSW for approval.
The community can make submissions and learn more about naming their local bridges by visiting help us name the new Grafton bridge.
The new name or names are expected to be announced by the end of the year.