Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.
Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.

Heated debate starts over Toowoomba bypass name

A DEBATE has started about what the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing should be named once complete.

It was revealed in May last year that the Toowoomba Regional Council would consider naming the $1.6 billion bypass "Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Multuggerah Way".

Multuggerah was a spiritual leader of the Jagera nation in the 1830s and 40s and was killed during a battle with European settlers on Table Top Mountain.

On Monday a reader wrote a letter to The Chronicle supporting the idea.

The Chronicle then put the question to its Facebook followers and asked what they thought of the name.

With more than 100 comment residents all had a different opinion.

Ashleigh Knox said: "It absolutely should be named Multuggerah."

Lynne Lane said: "In my opinion, if it has to have a name I think Clive Berghofer should be front runner."

Julie Anne said: "No name, no arguments. Just the Range Crossing or Toowoomba Bypass will do."

Kathleen Shepherd sent in a letter to The Chronicle yesterday with her thoughts on some alternative names.

"Can I suggest some alternate titles for the soon to be named Toowoomba Second Range Crossing?

"Wagner Family Way. Jack McCafferty Way - founder of McCafferty's Coaches and Mayor of Toowoomba for nine years. Multuggera Way - an Aboriginal elder in Toowoomba Range area in the 1840s. Steele Rudd Way - aka Arthur Hoey Davis author of On Our Selection. Born in Drayton.

"Just some of the more appropriate names deserving of the new Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.

"Brett Forte Way is a knee-jerk reaction. He died doing his job as plenty of other poor souls have doing their jobs. We are stuck with Darren Lockyer Way - an ex-footballer, let us not be stuck with this.

"Please be sensible Toowoomba. Think of the legacy we are leaving on such an important crossing that we have waited so long for."

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