Kapooka Bridge Naming Proposal

This consultation has now concluded


Wagga Wagga City Council proposes to name the new road-over-rail bridge that relates to the realignment of the Olympic Highway at Kapooka being undertaken by NSW Roads and Maritime Services. As part of the consideration process, Council is seeking community feedback on the potential name via a vote on existing name options and the review of any additional suggestions.

The following options have been put forward and are available for your vote:

· Sir Thomas Blamey (Blamey Bridge)

· Errella “Smoke” Heard (Heard Bridge)

· Edward John Francis Ryan (Ryan Bridge)

· Alfred Joshua Bennett (Bennett Bridge)

· John Edmondson (Edmondson VC Bridge)

· Kapooka Bridge

Alternatively, if you prefer another name, Council will also consider any further suggestion put forward by the community.

Submissions can also be made to Council by 20 June 2014 and should be marked to the attention of the Manager of Development Services and be addressed to:

Wagga Wagga City Council

PO Box 20

WAGGA WAGGA NSW 2650

or via email to council@wagga.nsw.gov.au



Wagga Wagga City Council proposes to name the new road-over-rail bridge that relates to the realignment of the Olympic Highway at Kapooka being undertaken by NSW Roads and Maritime Services. As part of the consideration process, Council is seeking community feedback on the potential name via a vote on existing name options and the review of any additional suggestions.

The following options have been put forward and are available for your vote:

· Sir Thomas Blamey (Blamey Bridge)

· Errella “Smoke” Heard (Heard Bridge)

· Edward John Francis Ryan (Ryan Bridge)

· Alfred Joshua Bennett (Bennett Bridge)

· John Edmondson (Edmondson VC Bridge)

· Kapooka Bridge

Alternatively, if you prefer another name, Council will also consider any further suggestion put forward by the community.

Submissions can also be made to Council by 20 June 2014 and should be marked to the attention of the Manager of Development Services and be addressed to:

Wagga Wagga City Council

PO Box 20

WAGGA WAGGA NSW 2650

or via email to council@wagga.nsw.gov.au


This consultation has now concluded
  • Sir Thomas Blamey (Blamey Bridge)

    over 5 years ago

    Thomas Blamey was born on 24 January 1884 in Wagga Wagga.

    was an Australian general of the First and Second World Wars, and the only Australian ever to attain the rank of field marshal. Blamey joined the Australian Army as a regular soldier in 1906, and attended the Staff College at Quetta. During the First World War he participated in the landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915, and rose to the rank of brigadier general. He served as chief of staff of the Australian Corps under Lieutenant General Sir John Monash, who credited him as a...

    Thomas Blamey was born on 24 January 1884 in Wagga Wagga.

    was an Australian general of the First and Second World Wars, and the only Australian ever to attain the rank of field marshal. Blamey joined the Australian Army as a regular soldier in 1906, and attended the Staff College at Quetta. During the First World War he participated in the landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915, and rose to the rank of brigadier general. He served as chief of staff of the Australian Corps under Lieutenant General Sir John Monash, who credited him as a factor in the Corps' success in the Battle of Hamel, the Battle of Amiens and the Battle of the Hindenburg Line.

    After the war Blamey was Deputy Chief of the General Staff, and was involved in the creation of the Royal Australian Air Force. He resigned from the regular Army in 1925 to become Chief Commissioner of the Victoria Police.  

    During the Second World War Blamey commanded the Second Australian Imperial Force and the I Corps in the Middle East. He was appointed Deputy Commander in Chief in the Middle East, and was promoted to general in 1941. In 1942, he returned to Australia as Commander in Chief of the Australian Military Forces and Commander of Allied Land Forces in the South West Pacific Area under the command of General Douglas MacArthur. On the orders of MacArthur and Prime Minister John Curtin, he assumed personal command of New Guinea Force during the Kokoda Track Campaign, and relieved Lieutenant General Sydney Rowell and Major General Arthur Allen under controversial circumstances. He signed the instrument of surrender on behalf of Australia at Japan's ceremonial surrender in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945, and later personally accepted the Japanese surrender at Morotai. He was promoted to field marshal in June 1950.

  • Errella "Smoke" Heard (Heard Bridge)

    over 5 years ago

    Errella Heard was born in Junee on 7 March 1904 and moved with her family to Wagga Wagga in 1910.

    Errella was at the forefront of many women’s organisations – a foundation member of the Wagga Wagga branch of the Liberal Party and of the women’s branch of the Liberal Party, and Wagga Wagga Branch of the United Women’s Citizen’s Movement against Socialism.

    In addition she had a long association with the School of Arts Society, was a member of numberous charitable, social and service organisations as well as a foundation member and trustee of the...

    Errella Heard was born in Junee on 7 March 1904 and moved with her family to Wagga Wagga in 1910.

    Errella was at the forefront of many women’s organisations – a foundation member of the Wagga Wagga branch of the Liberal Party and of the women’s branch of the Liberal Party, and Wagga Wagga Branch of the United Women’s Citizen’s Movement against Socialism.

    In addition she had a long association with the School of Arts Society, was a member of numberous charitable, social and service organisations as well as a foundation member and trustee of the Wagga Wagga and District Historical Society. 


  • Edward John Francis Ryan (Ryan Bridge)

    over 5 years ago

    Edward John Francis Ryan VC (9 February 1890 – 3 June 1941), better known as John Ryan, was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

    John Ryan was born in Tumut on 9 February 1890 where he completed his schooling and started his working life before moving to Wagga Wagga. On 1 December 1915 he enlisted for service in the First World War as one of the first of the ‘Kangaroos’ on the Kangaroo March...

    Edward John Francis Ryan VC (9 February 1890 – 3 June 1941), better known as John Ryan, was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

    John Ryan was born in Tumut on 9 February 1890 where he completed his schooling and started his working life before moving to Wagga Wagga. On 1 December 1915 he enlisted for service in the First World War as one of the first of the ‘Kangaroos’ on the Kangaroo March from Wagga Wagga to Sydney.

    He was approximately twenty eight years old, and a private in the 55th Battalion, (N.S.W.), Australian Imperial Force during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

    On 30 September 1918 at the Hindenburg Defences, France, when the enemy succeeded in establishing a bombing party in the rear of the battalion's recently won position, Private Ryan, on his own initiative, organized and led a party of men with bombs and bayonets against the enemy. He reached the position with only three men and they succeeded in driving the enemy back. Private Ryan cleared the last of them alone, finally falling wounded himself.

  • Alfred Joshua Bennett (Bennett Bridge)

    over 5 years ago

    Alfred Joshua Bennett served with distinction in three wars – the Sudan War (1885), the Boer War (1899 – 1902) and World War I (1914 – 1918) where he was part of the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.

    Alfred was born in Wagga Wagga on his father’s property ‘Brucedale Park’. His father was one of the first European settlers of the Wagga Wagga area, and came to be one of the largest local landholders. Alfred completed his schooling in Wagga Wagga and commenced working for the Education Department as a pupil teacher in Wagga Wagga.

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    Alfred Joshua Bennett served with distinction in three wars – the Sudan War (1885), the Boer War (1899 – 1902) and World War I (1914 – 1918) where he was part of the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.

    Alfred was born in Wagga Wagga on his father’s property ‘Brucedale Park’. His father was one of the first European settlers of the Wagga Wagga area, and came to be one of the largest local landholders. Alfred completed his schooling in Wagga Wagga and commenced working for the Education Department as a pupil teacher in Wagga Wagga.

    His service during the three wars was marked with distinction, including being recognised for valuable service in the field at Gallipoli, the King’s Medal, Queen’s Medal, a companion of the most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George and a Distinguished Service Order.

  • John Edmonson (Edmonson VC Bridge)

    over 5 years ago

    John Hurst Edmondson VC (8 October 1914 – 14 April 1941) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

    John Hurst Edmondson was born at Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. When he was two years old, his parents moved to the Sydney suburb of Liverpool where he attended Austral Public School and Hurlstone Agricultural High School.

    On the night of 13th–14th April, 1941, a party of German infantry broke through the wire defences at...

    John Hurst Edmondson VC (8 October 1914 – 14 April 1941) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

    John Hurst Edmondson was born at Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. When he was two years old, his parents moved to the Sydney suburb of Liverpool where he attended Austral Public School and Hurlstone Agricultural High School.

    On the night of 13th–14th April, 1941, a party of German infantry broke through the wire defences at Tobruk, and established themselves with at least six machine guns, mortars and two small field pieces. It was decided to attack them with bayonets, and a party consisting of one officer, Corporal Edmondson and five privates, took part in the charge. During the counter-attack Corporal Edmondson was wounded in the neck and stomach but continued to advance under heavy fire and killed one enemy with his bayonet. Later, his officer had his bayonet in one of the enemy and was grasped about the legs by him, when another attacked him from behind. He called for help, and Corporal Edmondson, who was some yards away, immediately came to his assistance and in spite of his wounds, killed both of the enemy. This action undoubtedly saved his officer's life.

    Shortly after returning from this successful counter-attack, Corporal Edmondson died of his wounds.
  • Kapooka Bridge

    over 5 years ago

    The Kapooka Bridge was built in 1880. The bridge includes two, 90 degree bends on the approaches across the main Sydney-Melbourne railway line on the Olympic Highway at Kapooka, 7.5 kilometres south of Wagga Wagga.

    The Kapooka Bridge was built in 1880. The bridge includes two, 90 degree bends on the approaches across the main Sydney-Melbourne railway line on the Olympic Highway at Kapooka, 7.5 kilometres south of Wagga Wagga.