Footbridge gets a name

The bridge over the Yarra River at the South Wharf precinct has been officially named “Seafarers Bridge”.

Melbourne councillors formally endorsed “Seafarers Bridge” as their preferred name in December and obtained approval from the State Government to officially christen the bridge.

The council said it had a difficult task to chose from 539 proposed names.

“The name draws on the rich maritime history of the area and is a fitting connection to the nearby Mission to Seafarers centre located at the bridge’s northern landing,” a spokesperson said.

Mission to Seafarers chief executive Andrea Fleming said she was delighted with the decision.  

“Since 1857 seafarers have strolled the banks of the Yarra River whilst taking shore leave in the Port of Melbourne,” Ms Fleming said.

“We are thrilled with the naming of the bridge which contributes to the significance of the maritime precinct, the work of the Mission to Seafarers Victoria and the seafarers whom the organisation serves.”

“We hope that Seafarers Bridge will encourage visitors to explore the historic seafarers’ centre at 717 Flinders Street and enjoy the hospitality provided.”

The Mission to Seafarers is an international organisation which cares for the practical and spiritual welfare of seafarers of all nationalities and faiths.

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