Tuesday 13 December 2011
VicRoads is proposing to name the existing Palmers Road bridge in Point Cook in honour of two servicemen who bravely died at that location in 1967.
The proposed name - ‘Lynch Barkley Bridge’ – commemorates Flying Officer Michael Lynch and Sub-Lieutenant Samuel Barkley, aged 23 and 21 respectively, who were killed when their Vampire jet plane crashed near where the bridge stands today.
Flying Officer Lynch brought the plane down before it may otherwise have crashed onto Geelong Road (now Princes Freeway), potentially saving the lives of many people travelling on the road.
Nial Finegan, VicRoads Regional Director, Metropolitan North West, says there has been strong community interest in naming the Palmers Road Bridge after the servicemen.
‘VicRoads invites the Wyndham community to provide feedback on the proposal to commemorate Flying Officer Lynch and Sub-Lieutenant Barkley’s selfless act,’ said Mr Finegan.
Feedback will be accepted until 11 January 2012.
The bridge is expected to be named early next year.
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