150th birthday marks new names
CELEBRATIONS for Queensland’s 150th birthday came to the Central Queensland region yesterday with the official naming of five bridges.
Three of the bridges are located on the southern Bruce Highway entrance to Rockhampton.
What is now known as Yeppen Bridge 1 has been named the Yeppen Lagoon Bridge, as suggested by the Rockhampton and District Historical Society.
Yeppen Bridge 2 had been named the Henry Johnson Bridge, and Scrubby Creek Bridge, the final bridge to be named, will now be known as the James Armstrong Bridge.
Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said he was honoured to have an opportunity to recognise the people and history that contributed to the shaping of the region.
“These new names reflect the local history, indigenous culture and past residents who have made significant contributions to the community,” Mr Wallace said.
“The Yeppen Lagoon located in the vicinity of this bridge, was known by indigenous locals as Yeppen Eppien, and by early Europeans as Yeppen Yeppen. The lagoon provided Rockhampton’s first town water supply in the 1860s.
“The Boyne River Bridge, located on the Bruce Highway south of Benaraby, has been named the Turich–Mann Bridge, in honour of two pioneering families who settled in the area in the 1800s,” he said.
Mr Wallace said the Branch Creek Bridge, located on the Dawson Highway west of Calliope, would be named the Chas McGuire Bridge.