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Thursday, July 25, 2024

Grafton Bridge renamed to honour city’s first female Mayor

Clarence Nationals MP, Richie Williamson, has welcomed a decision to rename the northern and southern approaches and two lanes across the new Grafton Bridge.

The approaches and lanes of the Balun Bindarray Bridge have been renamed from Shirley Way to Shirley Adams Way.

Mr Williamson said the name change was a commonsense decision in recognition of the first and only female Mayor of Grafton City Council and local community trailblazer, the late Shirley Adams OAM.

Mr Williamson said he strongly supported and advocated, alongside Clarence Valley Council, for the renaming after the Geographical Names Board only accepted naming the approaches Shirley Way.

“The name Shirley Adams is synonymous not only in Grafton but across the Clarence Valley and it is a fitting tribute to a remarkable lady and a dear friend who was a staunch advocate not only for her local community, but in encouraging women’s participation in public life and decision making,” said Mr Williamson.

“Shirley had a burning desire to make Grafton a better place and a genuine love for the people of the city.

“I thank the Minister for supporting Council’s request in properly recognising the enormous contribution Shirley Adams made to her local community.

“I know her husband John Adams OAM and family are incredibly proud, as is the community, of Shirley’s legacy.

“The renaming of the road is a fitting tribute in honour and recognition of her service to local government, the girl guide movement and the wider community, and I look forward to the road officially being renamed with her family in the very near future.”

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