Gary Smith’s Gooloogong Cowboys team mates wore white tape around their heads during their game on Sunday to remember their friend. They beat Condobolin 70-12.A quiet man with a huge heart.
That’s how Garry ‘Desert Fox’ Smith is remembered by his team mates.
The Gooloogong Cowboys player was killed in a car accident on July 18 while returning home from an away game.
Now his fellow footballers are at the forefront of a push to memorialise the number four by naming the new Gooloogong bridge in his honour – and it seems the community is behind them.
An online petition backing a submission to Cowra Council to call it ‘Desert Fox Bridge’ pulled in more than 500 signatures in just two days.
Helping to coordinate the petition is Alicia Ball.
She said they thought it would be a wonderful way to honour his memory.
“It’s our way of remembering him, it’d be lovely for us to do this as tribute to Gaz,” she said.
“He touched so many people, he was such a well-known, well-loved guy and I think people want to show their support for him and his family.”
His coach Matthew Frazer agrees.
“I think it would mean a lot to him and his family,” he said.
“We thought it would be good if every time the players drove over the bridge to go to games they could remember Garry.”
According to the RMS guidelines, names should generally have Aboriginal, historical or geographic relevance and significance to the areas the new structure serves.
Despite this, Mrs Ball said it’s been heartening to see just how many people are supporting their submission.
“Even if the application isn’t successful there’s been some really heartfelt messages and tributes left to Gaz which means a lot as it stands,” she said.
Cowra Shire Council general manager Paul Devery confirmed they have received a submission to name the bridge in honour of Mr Smith.
However, he said a number of other submissions have also been received.
“All submissions received will be forwarded to Council with a brief summary of each proposal,” Mr Devery said.
“Once Council has evaluated these, their view will be forwarded to Roads and Maritime Services for a final decision. RMS criteria for naming bridges and roads is available at Council’s website at: 梧桐夜网cowracouncil苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛/ and Council will be guided by these.”
Naming submissions close July 31.
Submissions can be forwarded to Public Relations, Cowra Council, Private Bag 342, Cowra, NSW 2794, or email:[email protected]论坛.
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