Bridges named after local residents

Two bridges in Wyndham are being named after community members to give them independent identifiers so that emergency services can find them more easily.

The Ballan Road Bridge will now be named after George Scolaro, the founding member of the Italian Social Club of Werribee and a concrete maker who built many landmarks in the area, including council offices, schools, industrial sites and the Werribee Police Station.

The bridge at Derrimut Road will be named in honor of Nino Arrigo, an active member of the Werribee Rotary club for over 40 years.

Mr Arrigo also rode a bicycle from Perth to Melbourne and raised $160,000 for cancer research.

“George Scolaro and Nino Arrigo’s contributions to the community will now be remembered for decades to come,” said Tarneit MP Sarah Connolly.

“There is still an opportunity for people to put forward names for three more bridges so that other local figures can be remembered well into the future.”

The names of the bridges were chosen through VicTrack’s Bridge Naming Competition, which allowed locals to nominate names for the bridges that commemorate a community member or event.

In addition to the bridges at Derrimut Road and Ballan Road, the final round of the Bridge Naming Competition asked residents to name bridges at Doherty’s Road, Davis Road and Leakes Road.

All five bridges were built as part of the Regional Rail Link project and are very similar, making them difficult to distinguish in an emergency.

Werribee MP Tim Pallas said he encourages people to continue to nominate names to give the bridges a unique identity.

“It’s great to see these bridges named after local people who have given so much to the Werribee community,” he said.

VicTrack is seeking further nominations for the Davis Road, Dohertys Road and Leakes Road bridges.

Details: victrack.com.au/bridge

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