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Grafton Ngerrie Local Aboriginal Land Council interim CEO Ms Jerry Deschamps (L), and Transport for NSW Aboriginal Engagement Manager Crystal Donovan, proudly hold up a replica of one of the new signs acknowledging Gumbaynggirr Country which was recently erected on the Balun Bindarray Bridge in Grafton last week. Image: contributed

New bridge name a sign to see

Emma Pritchard

 

Since its official opening in 2019, and even before and during its construction, the second river crossing in Grafton has been given many names by Clarence Valley residents.

On November 27 last year, its chosen title was announced to the public, and last week, new signage displaying the name Balun Bindarray Bridge was erected on both sides of the Clarence River.

The signs also acknowledge Bundjalung Country on the north side, and Gumbaynggirr Country on the south side respectively.

One of the new signs which was erected last week displaying the name Balun Bindarray Bridge and acknowledging Bundjalung Country on the north side of the Clarence River. Image: Emma Pritchard

When approached for comment, a Transport for NSW spokesperson said it was pleasing to see the new signage in place.

“Prior to installation, Transport for NSW liaised with the local Aboriginal community about how to acknowledge country within the sign design,” they said.  

“On the weekend, Transport for NSW had the opportunity to present a replica of the signs to both nations at the Ngerrie Aboriginal Land Council.

“Transport for NSW hopes the new signs remind the community of the enduring connections the Bundjalung and Gumbaynggirr nations have with the river, and help with understanding Aboriginal culture, heritage and language.”