SPECIAL TRIBUTE: Urunga residents have supported a move to name the soon-to-be completed Pacific Hwy Kalang River crossing in Max MacGregor’s honour.
SPECIAL TRIBUTE: Urunga residents have supported a move to name the soon-to-be completed Pacific Hwy Kalang River crossing in Max MacGregor’s honour. Frank Redward

Mother of crash victim supports honour for her son

IT WAS a tragedy that rippled through the Coffs Coast community, forever changing the lives of a loving family.

On January 8, 2012, young Max MacGregor, 11, was killed at his family's holiday home in Urunga 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.  

Almost two-and-a-half years since the double fatality and as the new Urunga bridge nears completion there are calls for it to be named the Max MacGregor Memorial Bridge, a tribute his mother Angela supports.

"The tragedy was totally avoidable," Mrs MacGregor said.

"To have a permanent solid acknowledgement I think would be wonderful tribute to my son."

Urunga had been a favourite holiday spot for the family, but since the incident, Angela and her husband Peter, who reside in Penrith, have not returned to the area.

"Since Max's passing I swore I would never go up there again," Angela said.

"One of my fears has been that Max will be forgotten - this is something I would come back for.

"It would mean a lot to (Max's brother) Bruce... and I think a good thing for the local community."

Should the Urunga Kalang River bridge be named in honour of Max MacGregor?

This poll ended on 13 June 2016.

Current Results

Yes, it would be a fitting tribute to Max MacGregor

92%

I am unsure about this proposal

2%

The community should consider other naming options

5%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

In the wake of the 2012 tragedy, road safety activists pushed for road planners to fast track the Warrell Creek to Urunga upgrade.

The section of highway saw the death of almost 20 people plus countless serious injuries in the last decade.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay and Oxley MP Melinda Pavey have expressed their support for the proposal to name the bridge in Max's honour.

Ms Pavey said the tragedy "had touched the entire country", and she would make representation on behalf of the community and the family.

Mr Gay said he has asked Roads and Maritime Services to "see what else can (be done) to honour this young man who lost his life so tragically."

Any naming request would need to be approved by the Geographical Names Board of NSW.

The naming would be in line with the Srgt Matthew Locke Memorial Bridge over Mailman's Track, in honour of the Bellingen soldier killed in Afghanistan.



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