About the new bridge
Transport NSW has commenced works to replace the single lane Barrington Bridge with a new two-way structure and MidCoast Council is consulting the community to come up with a name for the new bridge.
The works, expected to be completed by June 2020, are being undertaken by Transport NSW (formerly Roads and Maritime Services) and will deliver improved, road safety for motorists and pedestrians, boost road freight productivity and ensure the traffic needs of the community in the Barrington, Gloucester and surrounding areas are met.
About this consultation
We are consulting with the community on an appropriate name for the new bridge structure.
The old Barrington Bridge was a familiar landmark with strong historical connections to the Gloucester and Barrington communities, and we want to find out if people would like a special name for the new bridge that preserves that connection.
A RSL sub branch committee was formed to research war veterans from the local area during the construction of the old Barrington Bridge. After consulting with the RSL sub branch committee and the Gloucester Historical Society, we're suggesting two options for a name for the new bridge.
Option One: Barrington Bridge
This option preserves the historic name of the truss bridge, which was completed in 1920 on Thunderbolts Way, linking the Mid North Coast and the New England Tablelands, and serving the tourism, livestock and timber industries since then.
Option Two: Private Everett Bridge
A second option, is to name the new bridge the Private Everett Bridge, after one of the original workers who helped to construct it before he enlisted to serve in World War One, where his life was tragically cut short. Descendants of Herbert William Everett still live in the local area. Herbert worked on the original bridge construction before enlisting as a Private in the 20th infantry Battalion Army on 4 November 1915. He was killed in action on 2 March 1917, aged just 24 years at Bullecourt France.
Lance Corporal Albert Kingston Laurie (Military Medal) and Lance Corporal Clarence John Wellard (Military Medal) were also shortlisted for consideration, with the Committee nominating Private Herbert William Everett because of his close connection with the construction of the bridge.
Other name suggestions are welcome
We’re also seeking any other suggestions for a name for the new bridge. The feedback form below has space for you to suggest your own preferred name, but you will need to provide your reasons for your preferred name for us to consider your idea.
Have your say here
You can have your say on the form here, or you can complete a paper version at Council’s Gloucester office, Gloucester Post Office and The Barrington Store. Written submissions and paper versions of the survey must be delivered to a Council office, or put in the submission boxes, by 4.30pm on Monday 19 August. All mailed submissions should be addressed to the General Manager and posted to PO Box 450, Forster, 2428.
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