BRIDGE HONOUR: Brendan Goswell is championing a proposal to name a new bridge in honour of his brothers.
BRIDGE HONOUR: Brendan Goswell is championing a proposal to name a new bridge in honour of his brothers. Contributed

Hwy bridge naming proposal gains council support

A PROPOSAL by Nambucca Heads resident Brendan Goswell to name a new Pacific Hwy bridge in memory of his brothers has taken a step forward.

Mr Goswell last week addressed Nambucca Shire Council seeking its support to name the crossing in memory of his brothers, David and Ryan Goswell.

The council voted to write to Roads and Maritime Services pledging its backing of the proposal.

David, 18, and Ryan, 20, were passengers in a car that lost control and hit a tree at Old Coast Rd near Nambucca Heads in July, 2000. They were the only people to be killed in the crash.

Brendan said to have the overpass named Goswell Boys Memorial Bridge would be a fitting way to honour their legacy.

"The fact that the crash happened at the location of the new bridge makes it a special case," he said.

"David and Ryan were, and still are, loved by many and the sadness of their passing remains in our hearts."

During the year of the crash, David was vice- captain at St John Paul College as well as a champion soccer player with Nambucca Strikers Football Club.

Brendan said Ryan was a quiet achiever focused on a career in mechanics.

An RMS spokeswoman and it would work with the family and the council on the bridge-naming submission.

Nambucca Shire Mayor Rhonda Hoban said she supported the submission.

"In our shire the number of tragedies on the Pacific Hwy is a real issue and council is very compassionate about the proposal," Cr Hoban said.