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    Minister for Main Roads
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Q150 bridge naming kicks off with Box Flat Bridge

    Minister for Main Roads
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Thursday, June 04, 2009

    Q150 bridge naming kicks off with Box Flat Bridge

    Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace today revealed the new name for the bridge on the $366 million Centenary Motorway Extension over Bundamba Creek, the first bridge to be named as part of the state’s Q150 celebrations.

    Mr Wallace said Box Flat Bridge was the new name for the structure, a name that commemorated the proud mining history of the area.

    “I am honoured to have this opportunity to recognise the people, history, places and environment that make our state great,” Mr Wallace said.

    “With this Saturday being Queensland Day, I am pleased to announce today the first of many bridges name selected by the community in this our 150th year.

    “The Box Flat mine was a significant coal mine in the network of mines which once operated at Swanbank near Bundamba Creek.

    “Box Flat mine operated from 1969, when south-east Queensland relied on the coal sourced from local excavations to generate energy through the old Swanbank Power Station.

    “On 31 July 1972, 17 miners tragically lost their lives after a major gas explosion occurred at the Box Flat mine. Another man died of his injuries at Box Flat some months later.

    “Following this disaster, the tunnel mouths were sealed and operation of the mine ceased.”

    Box Flat Bridge forms part of the Centenary Motorway Extension project, which will provide better connectivity to the Cunningham Highway/Ipswich Motorway route and link the two key Ipswich urban centres of Springfield and Yamanto.

    Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller said she was pleased the first bridge to be named on the Centenary Motorway Extension project would honour the area’s rich mining history, as well as the men who lost their lives at the Box Flat Mine.

    “This is a significant event in our local area’s history and it is fitting that we pay tribute to these men, as well as all the miners who worked there,” Mrs Miller said.

    “I would like to thank Lloyd Bird, whose suggestion of the name Box Flat was selected out of 192 submissions made for Metropolitan Region bridges.

    “Lloyd is an Ipswich local who has been a tireless ambassador for the history and natural environment of the area.”

    Mr Bird was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 1993 and a Centenary Medal in 2001 in recognition of his service to botany and conservation, as well as numerous other accolades.

    Mr Wallace said Mr Bird would be recognised again at the project completion and road opening celebrations for the Centenary Motorway Extension project, which will also feature the official naming of all five new bridges on the road.

    “This is what the Q150 bridge naming celebrations are all about, Queenslanders sharing their pride in the things that make our state unique and having the opportunity for them to be recognised in significant road structures,” he said.

    “The naming of Box Flat Bridge is just the start of many more bridge namings that will take place across Queensland during 2009.”

    The Q150 bridge naming project is a state-wide initiative that will name more than 50 bridges across Queensland.

    Media contact: Minister Wallace’s office 3896 3689; Bundamba electorate office 3288 3737