The official opening of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing took place on Sunday, 8 September. It was a landmark day for Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley, with the $1.6 billion Crossing officially opened to traffic.
Among the many dignitaries were representatives from all three levels of government, including the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack, Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, the Hon Mark Bailey, and the Mayors of Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley.
A competition had been organised last year for school students to suggest names for bridges, and Glennie Year 6 student, Charlotte Baker, and students from Harristown State High School, chose the same name. Their nomination, The Sister Elizabeth Kenny Bridge, was successful and both schools were represented at the unveiling. Charlotte, supported by Bailey Crisp, Sally Baker-Jones and Addison Silver, along with representatives from Harristown unveiled the sign. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Because of Charlotte and the Harristown team’s suggested name being chosen, representatives from the two schools were invited to participate. Our Glennie G Major Choir sang beautifully and the Harristown High School Band also entertained the official guests.
Congratulations to Charlotte on this great honour. We are all very proud of her.
Huge thanks goes to Glennie parent Mrs Alice Prince from the Department of Transport and Main Roads, whose organisation and planning was amazing. What a massive undertaking! Alice and a large team of other people worked tirelessly to bring the event to fruition. It was a memorable once-in-a-lifetime event and we were thrilled to be invited to take part.
Thank you. Despite the wind, it was an unforgettable day.
Mrs Brenda Suhr
Assistant Head of Junior Years
Click here to view the photo gallery. Photo credit: Wendy Jones, Mrs Kate Harris and Department of Transport and Main Roads.