Bridge naming competition to improve emergency response times extended

24 December 2015

You can still have your say in naming the Huntly rail bridge with the closing date for nominations now being extended to 10 January.

The Huntly rail bridge, located on the outskirts of Bendigo, is the first of 40 high-risk bridges to be named under VicTrack’s online bridge naming competition.

High risk bridges are located in fire-prone, flood-prone or isolated locations, and are being named to support easy identification for emergency services, and to commemorate a significant local event or resident.

Under the VicTrack Bridge Naming Competition, people can nominate names for Huntly-Fosterville Road bridge by 10 January 2016.

Each nomination is encouraged to include supporting evidence for why it has been submitted, and can reflect the culture and heritage of the bridges relevant to the community. Public nominations must be in accordance with the Guidelines for Geographic Names.

Once the nominated names have been shortlisted, the public will then be invited to vote for their preferred bridge name via the VicTrack website in February 2016.

Quotes attributable to VicTrack Manager Property Services Sally Burgess

“The VicTrack Bridge Naming Competition, for the first time, allows the public to rename the Huntly rail bridge to make it easier for emergency services to locate.”

“Identifying a landmark in an isolated area in the event of a bushfire can mean the difference between life and death, when seconds count for emergency services response.”

“The Huntly rail bridge is the first of forty high-risk bridges, in fire-prone or isolated locations, to be named under the VicTrack Bridge Naming Competition.”

“There has already been a great response from the community with more than 30 public nominations already submitted to rename the Huntly rail bridge.”

“Bendigo region residents and community groups have an additional ten days in the New Year to enter the competition and became a part of history.”

“Anyone can enter and nominate a name that reflects the local community or commemorates a person or place of significance.”

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