Choosing name for Toowoomba Bypass: 'It's a shamble'
YOUR SAY: To my recollection the first mention of a new road system north of Toowoomba was in August 2013 when Ian Macfarlane, the Federal Member for Groom, in his newsletter of August 2013 said that if re-elected the Coalition Government would make the "Toowoomba Bypass" a top priority.
Mr Macfarlane was re-elected and in February 2014 after a lot of input by him it was announced that "the $1.7 billion handshake guaranteeing the entire cost of the 'Toowoomba Bypass' would have state and federal funding".
The funding therefore was for the construction of a new road system which was to be appropriately called the "Toowoomba Bypass".
Along the way however, different writers have come up with different names for this new road system and it has become a shambles in not sticking to the original name of the "Toowoomba Bypass".
Firstly it was referred to as the "Range Crossing". This seemed to be a catalyst for different writers to refer to this new road system with different names.
After this came the name of the "Second Range Crossing" and this seemed to be favoured by a certain number of people.
Further on came the name of the "Toowoomba Second Range Crossing" and this also seemed to be favoured by a certain number of people. Other names have also been recommended by other people but did not gain popularity and have since faded into history.
When I submitted my first letter to The Chronicle on August 10, 2017 I recommended that it be called the "Toowoomba Bypass". I did this for a number of reasons, these being:
(1) The funding as above was to be for the "Toowoomba Bypass" and no other name.
(2) It needed to have the name of Toowoomba as part of its description showing it to be in the Toowoomba area so that people all around the world would associate it with Toowoomba.
(3) It bypasses Toowoomba just as other roads bypass towns and cities e.g. Ipswich, Gatton, Oakey, Pittsworth and many others and are known as bypasses.
Just recently I drove along Boundary St north of Ganzer Rd and lo and behold there on the new road system was a sign which read "Toowoomba Bypass".
I thought to myself at last there is someone or somebody out there who has the brains and authority to name the new road system what it should be called and that is the "Toowoomba Bypass" and this should stop the endless referral of other names that are being used at the present time.
In support of my recommendation I have produced a copy of this road sign that has been placed on the new road that leads from Boundary St east to the new road system.
I just hope that everyone who reads this letter adjusts their thinking to what I am trying to achieve and that is uniformity of naming the new road system as the "Toowoomba Bypass".
DOUG YOUNG, Toowoomba