HONOURED: Rural Fire Service Superintendent Michael Brett, Sextonville Rural Fire Brigade captain Barry Morgan, Bill Berry and Ernie Bennett, at Mr Berry’s retirement from the RFS in 2011.
HONOURED: Rural Fire Service Superintendent Michael Brett, Sextonville Rural Fire Brigade captain Barry Morgan, Bill Berry and Ernie Bennett, at Mr Berry’s retirement from the RFS in 2011. Darryl O'Shannessy

Proposal to name new bridge after life member of RFS

THE WHEELS are in motion to name a new bridge after a life member of the Sextonville Rural Fire Service.

At the Kyogle Council meeting tonight, councillors will consider naming the new bridge on Sextonville Rd, Dyraaba, in honour of Bill Berry.

Campbells Bridge on Sextonville Rd was replaced last year with a steel modular bridge.

The council has received a request from Sextonville RFS to consider naming it the Bill Berry Bridge.

In a letter to the council, secretary of the Sextonville RFS, Darryl O'Shannessy, wrote that Bill was a long time resident of Dyraaba.

"He was often called the 'mayor of Dyraaba'," the letter states.

"He lived in the district at his Doubtful Creek property all his 87 years.

"In his time he served on many district committees including halls, school bus, progress, school P&C, school council … he was also a member of the Rural Fire Brigade, received the 50-year clasp and life membership of the brigade.

"He served as captain, secretary and 14 years as president.

"Naming the bridge after him would be a tribute to his dedication to the whole district."

Staff have recommended the proposed new name to go on public exhibition for 28 days, with a further report to be brought to the council on the submissions received.



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