NAME NEEDED: The new twin bridge as part of the Urunga Bypass over the Kalang River.
NAME NEEDED: The new twin bridge as part of the Urunga Bypass over the Kalang River. Frank Redward

Another name submitted for Hwy bridge

GUMBAYNGGIRR Elder Tom Kelly is among the names under consideration for the new Pacific Hwy Bridge at Kalang River.

In Saturday's Advocate, the proposal to name the bridge in honour of Max MacGregor, who tragically died in Urunga in 2012, had resulted in overwhelming support from the community.

Max was killed at his family's holiday home as a b-double careered through the bedroom where he was sleeping.

The inquest heard the truck left the road after it crashed into a utility, driven by an intoxicated man who was also killed after his vehicle veered into the path of the b-double.

Bellingen Shire Mayor Mark Troy said "while all options are being considered", a proposal to name the bridge after local resident Tom Kelly had been submitted to the Geographical Naming Board earlier this year.

Mr Kelly was a respected Gumbaynggirr Elder and spent his youth near the Kalang River, where the highway crossing is currently nearing completion.

Mr Kelly passed away in March, 2014 just shy of his 90th birthday, and the proposal to name the bridge in his honour has received support from his family.

Cr Troy said while a decision to name the bridge ultimately rests with the Geographical Naming Board of NSW, he encouraged community feedback on the decision.

"I have communicated with (Oxley MP) Melinda Pavey that we get together and have a talk about what has become a difficult decision," he said.

A poll posted on the Coffs Coast Advocate website meanwhile showed 93% of people were in favour of naming the crossing the Max MacGregor Memorial Bridge.



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