David and Ryan Goswell
David and Ryan Goswell

Plan to name bridge after crash victims

A NAMBUCCA Heads resident is championing a proposal to name a new Pacific Hwy bridge in memory of his brothers - David and Ryan Goswell.

On July 10, 2000, David, 18, and Ryan, 20, were passengers in a car that lost control and careered into a tree at Old Coast Rd, on the outskirts of Nambucca Heads.

They were the only people to be killed in the crash.

Their brother, Brendan, is now in the process of seeking support from Nambucca Shire Council to name the crossing Goswell Boys Memorial Bridge.

"They were in their primes and their passing has had a lasting impact on the valley," Mr Goswell said.

"We've always had a roadside memorial but we moved it away because the area has been demolished for work on the Pacific Hwy upgrade.

"The new bridge is exactly where the accident happened and to name it after David and Ryan would be a fitting way to honour their memories."

During the year of the crash, David was in Year 12 and vice-captain at St John Paul College.

He was also a champion soccer player who enjoyed premier league glory with the Nambucca Strikers Football Club. He is still remembered at special memorials held by the club.

Mr Goswell will address the council on January 28 to seek its support for the proposal.

Final approval would need to be granted by the Geographical Names Board of NSW.