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    Minister for Main Roads
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Local officer honoured in naming of Mulgrave River bridge

    Minister for Main Roads
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Monday, December 07, 2009

    Local officer honoured in naming of Mulgrave River bridge

    Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace today announced the new bridge over the Mulgrave River at Gordonvale will be officially named ‘Desmond Trannore Bridge’ as part of Queensland’s 150th birthday celebrations.

    “This name is chosen in honour of Senior Constable Desmond Trannore, whose bravery and dedication to both the community and his profession is held in high regard by many Gordonvale locals,” Mr Wallace said.

    “Mr Trannore was a well respected police officer and member of the Gordonvale community, where he was stationed throughout most of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

    “He was heavily involved in community activities – teaching boxing at the local youth club and running the Gordonvale Pony Club, Aussie Rules, tennis and cricket clubs.

    “Mr Trannore was tragically killed in the line of duty in 1964 while attending a domestic dispute at Little Mulgrave, north of Gordonvale, and this bridge naming is a community tribute to his bravery.”

    Mr Wallace said the bridge name was chosen from more than 50 nominations received across the community.

    “It is wonderful to see the Gordonvale and greater Cairns community getting behind this Q150 initiative,” he said.

    Mr Wallace said members of the Trannore family will join local members and representatives of the Cairns community in celebrations to officially commission and name the $48 million bridge on Thursday, 17 December.

    Jim Turnour, Federal Member for Leichhardt, will join Curtis Pitt, State Member for Mulgrave, on the banks of the Mulgrave River to officially commission the $48 million bridge and unveil the new name sign for the bridge.

    "The new bridge is a valuable and vital piece of road infrastructure for Far North Queensland,” Mr Turnour said.

    "It will reduce the duration of closures due to wet season flooding and better serve to stabilise the local economy by keeping communities connected all year round."

    The new bridge is part of the Rudd Government's commitment to improving flood immunity and accessibility between Cairns and Townsville.

    “The new 480-metre-long bridge, which opened to traffic in April this year, ahead of time and under budget, is providing significant benefits for far north Queensland.

    “Standing five metres higher than the existing bridge and located on a better road alignment, this bridge will limit disruptions to residents and motorists during the wet season by minimising delays caused by wet season flooding.”

    The bridge was just one component of the Australian Government’s $347 million Accelerated Bruce Highway Upgrade Package, delivered by the state government.

    The majority of works have been delivered, with remaining projects to be completed in early 2010.

    Mr Wallace said naming the new bridge over the Mulgrave River after Desmond Trannore recognised the integral role people have in building a community.

    “We have chosen a name that recognises an important local identify and also reflects community spirit and local history,” he said.

    “This is what the Q150 bridge naming celebrations are all about – Queenslanders having their say on what makes our state unique and being able to recognise these things through the naming of significant road structures.”

    Media contacts: Mr Wallace’s office 3896 3691; Mr Turnour’s office 07 4051 2220