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18 May 2010

Ipswich City Council wants help to name bridge

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NEVERLAND Bridge? The Bridge That (nearly) Wasn't? George Negus  Bridge? Shane Watson Bridge? How about Lloyd Bird Bridge?

NEVERLAND Bridge? The Bridge That (nearly) Wasn't?
George Negus Bridge? Shane Watson Bridge? How
about Lloyd Bird Bridge?


Ipswich City Council wants to hear your suggestions for the name of the long-awaited pedestrian bridge from Riverlink to the Ipswich Mall.

It's meant to bring together the two sides of the CBD so maybe, in the spirit of the Bridge of Sighs, we could call it the Bridge of Hugs? Maybe not.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said involving the city's population in naming the bridge across the Bremer was a great way of evoking a sense of ownership in the outstanding span.

"The bridge is nearly finished now and we want people to come up with names," Cr Pisasale said.

"I want people to make suggestions based on rail heritage, history and Ipswich's history."

He said the council was not conducting a competition for the bridge's name and it reserved the right to make the final decision.

"It's not just the name; it's the reason behind the name that's important," he said.

"The important thing about the bridge is that is embraces the city by bringing the two parts of the CBD together."

He acknowledged Ipswich had a long wait for the bridge to be built since it was approved in 2004 but said it would be worth the wait.

"Not only is it a safe bridge because of all the engineering work that's been done on it but it's more than a walking bridge; it's got viewing platforms and I reckon when it goes up it will look like it's been there for 100 years."

An important part of the bridge was dropped into place at the weekend with the section from the mall to the bridge abutment going up.

Cr Pisasale said that part of the bridge would be ready by the time the main part of the bridge starting from Riverlink was in place.



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