Locke bridge honours our fallen soldier

KEEGAN Locke, the eldest son of fallen soldier Sergeant Matthew Locke, unveiled a permanent honour to his Dad yesterday.

The late Bellingen man's relatives all gathered at Mailman's Track just north of Raleigh yesterday where Keegan unveiled a sign declaring “Sgt Matthew Locke MG Bridge”.

Matthew's father Norm said his son would be wondering what all the fuss was over.

“He was just doing his job, that's what he'd tell you,” he said.

Mr Locke said the family is honoured and humbled by the tribute to Matthew.

Bellingen RSL president Brian Mortimer was one of the driving forces behind the bridge-naming, saying he and MP Andrew Fraser took the proposition to the Roads and Traffic Authority.

Mr Mortimer said yesterday the bridge naming was a 'tremendous' honour.

Special Operations Commander Australia Major General Tim McOwen, who served with Matthew, made a speech at the unveiling paying tribute to a “very, very good soldier”.

“It's a wonderful honour for a wonderful soldier,” Major General McOwen said.

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