Shoalhaven City Council has determined tonight, following significant community feedback, that Council will provide a recommendation to the RMS to retain the name of the bridge at Burrill Lake as the “Burrill Lake Bridge”.
In 2013 Council received correspondence from the RMS advising that the name the ‘Roy McDaniel Bridge’ had been nominated by a member of the community, for the Burrill Lake Bridge.
In accordance with the policy on naming of conventions, Council was asked, at that time, to seek feedback from the community about the proposal. Council staff acted in good faith, in accordance with the advice from the RMS, to undertake this community consultation exercise.
Mayor Findley said “Although the consultation process officially ends on the 17th August for the naming of the bridge at Burrill Lake, I believe that it is already evident from the consultation that the community wish to retain the name of the bridge as Burrill Lake Bridge. “
“I am supportive of the community wishes and therefore wish to seek Council to provide a clear position resulting from the consultation undertaken so far.”
“The purpose of community engagement is to understand what the community wants within their local area.”
“Consultation is undertaken to ask the communities opinion about matters that affect their lives. In this case the community’s voice has been heard loud and clear.”
“Council will now write to the RMS outlining the outcomes of the community engagement process for the Burrill Lake bridge and include all submissions received by Council.
“Council will now clearly outline to the RMS that it is our position that the bridge retains the name Burrill Lake Bridge”
“I would like to assure everyone who provided names of love ones to be considered as part of this process, that each of those names will be kept by Council and forwarded to the RMS to ensure that a creative alternative can be found for the use of these names for other purposes. “
“I would also like to personally thank all community members who participated in this process and who have made their voices heard.”
“I would also like to thank MP Shelly Hancock for her contribution to the consultation process and for her ongoing support of the community.”
“Submissions can still be provided to Council before the 17th August 2017, however it is Council’s position that the bridge should retain the name Burrill Lake Bridge. “