Bridge named after Glen Innes legend Giles Woolen

NEW BRIDGE: Sally Wollen, Sylvia Besseling nee Wollen, Gordon Wollen at the renamed bridge.
NEW BRIDGE: Sally Wollen, Sylvia Besseling nee Wollen, Gordon Wollen at the renamed bridge.

A rural bridge has been named after Glen Innes farmer Giles Wollen.

Mr Wollen bought Buckandor property in 1967 after immigrating from Kenya and fell in love with the property. He became a respected member of the council road consultation committee and helped councils make decisions about road repair.

The bridge crosses Sheep Station Creek on the Tablelands road East of Red Range.

Daughter Sylvia Besseling nee Wollen said the bridge renaming was a huge honour for the family. The Glen Innes Severn council came up with the idea.

"That's a testament to a local resident putting in his volunteer time to try to make the road better for everyone's use," she said,.

"It's a great honour for dad. To see that happen we know that council has listened to make it a better road."

The bridge has been recently replaced and upgraded, which is an important step in an area which can flood.

"They really really realised that the road did need some action and it's ongoing - it doesn't just stop here either. Just because the sign's up doesn't mean to say council can just let the road go into disrepair. They need to continue keeping the road in good repair because there's a lot of people down that road that use it."

She estimates around 50 people live on the road, and says it is also used by forestry workers with timber jinkers.

Council staff and elected councilors travelled to the bridge for a renaming ceremony.

Council staff and elected councilors travelled to the bridge for a renaming ceremony.