Have your say on naming new Gunnedah Bridge
12 October 2020
Locals will have a chance to name the new Gunnedah bridge with the $61 million project to improve road safety and freight connectivity on track to open ahead of schedule in December.
Acting Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said submissions to name the 195-metre-long bridge were now open, and encouraged the community to help play a part in local history.
“This game-changing project will help eliminate a significant freight pinch point on the state’s road network and remove a level crossing in Gunnedah, boosting the safety and reliability of journeys through the town centre,” Mr Toole said.
“This project has created about 60 jobs, providing a significant injection of funds into the local economy during this challenging time.”
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the bridge has been under construction since late 2018, and the next step was to now name it.
“We’re asking the community to suggest names for this significant piece of local infrastructure, with Transport for NSW working with Gunnedah Shire Council to review submissions before selecting the preferred name,” Mr Anderson said.
“Transport for NSW will also consult with local Aboriginal groups as part of this process to ensure any Indigenous names selected have their support.”
Gunnedah Deputy Mayor Rob Hooke said 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.
“A unique name for the new Gunnedah Bridge will recognise and celebrate the historical, cultural and social connections in our Shire,” Cr Hooke said.
Submissions will be open until 5pm Friday, 6 November after which Transport for NSW will collate them and provide a report to Council. Council will review all submissions and recommend a new bridge name to Transport for NSW for approval.
To make submissions or find out more, visit Transport for NSW/Gunnedah bridge.
Final finishing work, including the closure of the rail level crossing, remain on track to be complete in mid-2021, weather permitting. For more information on the project’s progress visit: Gunnedah Bridge.