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Have your say now on the name for the new Victory Creek Bridge

The Cassowary Coast Regional Council (CCRC) is calling on the community to have their say on naming the new Victory Creek Bridge at Garradunga.

Council voted to consult with the public on whether they were supportive of changing the name to two different proposals which included Charles Ryan Bridge, jointly named Joe Cristaudo and Frank Culanti Bridge, or keeping it as is – Victory Creek Bridge.

The new proposed names were put forward by relatives, all having significant ties to the creek and Garradunga area.

Cassowary Coast Councillor Jeff Baines said it was wise that Council consulted with the public before making a decision.

“It really shouldn’t just be up to Councillors to make a decision for that area,” said Cr Baines.

“We would also like to give the wider community the opportunity to put forward their submissions to be fair to all.” 

Records show the history behind the current name, Victory Creek Bridge. In 1881 the first steamer the Victory (owned by the Fitzgerald family), made its appearance in the region and the creek was named after the vessel as it was considered deep enough for navigation by the steamer.

Councillor Baines said the proposal for the name Charles Ryan Bridge comes as Charles Ryan’s family farmed the land bordering the banks of Victory Creek for many years.

“Charles Ryan was tragically killed in action fighting in Papua New Guinea and the proposer of the name believes naming the bridge after him would be a fitting tribute to a young man who paid the ultimate price to protect his country from the Japanese offensive,” said Cr Baines.

“The jointly named proposal was submitted to Council with the intention to name the western approach to the bridge after Joe Cristaudo (Snr) and the eastern approach to the bridge after Frank Culanti.

“Both cane farmers, Joe and Frank are two of the oldest, continuously residing locals who have lived for the majority of their lives in Daradgee and Garradunga.”

The existing bridge was unable to reopen to the public after vibrations from pile driving caused further degradation and additional cracking.

“This damage was significant enough that the closure of the existing bridge was made permanent due to the risk of failure,” said Cr Baines.

“Unfortunately, the delay in pile driving and accelerated deterioration in the existing bridge has extended the road closure until the new bridge can be opened later this month.”

To participate in the survey and for more information and history behind the proposed names, please go to – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/726KKR8.  

Construction of the new bridge is expected to be finished by the end of October.

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03/10/18