Official naming of new Bridge at Yellow Gin Creek

Media Release

DC220/2016

09 December 2016

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

George Christensen Federal Member for Dawson

Federal Member for Dawson

Coralee O'Rourke

Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland

  • Youngoorah Bridge chosen as name for new Yellow Gin Creek crossing
  • Yellow Gin Creek is a significant cultural site for traditional owners the Juru people

The Burdekin's significant cultural history will be honoured at today's commissioning of a new bridge over Yellow Gin Creek, south of Ayr, which has been officially named the Youngoorah Bridge.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the new bridge was already providing a safer and more reliable crossing of Yellow Gin Creek, and its new name was testament to the area's cultural and historical importance.

“The new bridge is two metres higher than the previous crossing, ensuring the Bruce Highway remains open for the 3,000 motorists who travel on this section of highway each day,” Mr Chester said.

“This $45 million project is a part of the Australian and Queensland governments' $8.5 billion commitment to fix the Bruce Highway.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the said the bridge opened to traffic in June this year and today's event marked its official naming.

“The Juru people have been closely consulted to ensure the area's cultural values and significance have been recorded and protected during construction,” Mr Bailey said

“It's a milestone event for these works, which will help reduce flood-related road closures and improve driver safety for locals, tourists and industries.”

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen welcomed the official naming of the Youngoorah Bridge.

“Youngoorah is an Aboriginal word meaning woman or women—it's a fitting name that acknowledges the important role Yellow Gin Creek historically had in the lives of local Aboriginal women,” Mr Christensen said.

 “It is estimated that 100 jobs were supported over the life of the project, including 50 jobs during the construction phase.”

Queensland Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O'Rourke today joined the local community and the Juru people for the official naming of the Youngoorah Bridge.

Ms O'Rourke said 16 name nominations were received, including five for Youngoorah Bridge.

“This is an important project for our region, which has created local jobs and made this vital route more reliable,” Ms O'Rourke said.

“I am extremely pleased the name chosen for the new bridge honours the cultural history and significance of the area.

“A local panel, including representatives from James Cook University, Burdekin Library, Burdekin Tourism Association and the Juru Traditional Owner Group, reviewed the nominations.”

The Bruce Highway—Yellow Gin Creek Bridge Upgrade project was a jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing $36 million and the Queensland Government contributing $9 million.