After thousands of suggestions were put forward from the community, six key themes have emerged for the new names of the former Pisasale Drive and Paul Pisasale Bridge.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said she was excited and proud to see such a strong list of alternative names, thanking the community for their thoughtful suggestions.

“Over the course of four weeks council received 3,475 suggestions through Shape Your Ipswich, social media, emails and calls, with 1,154 names meeting the eligibility criteria and able to be grouped into six naming themes,” Mayor Harding said.

“Common themes included local sporting legends such as Ash Barty and Shane Watson, community heroes like Jeff Watson who was lollipop man for three decades, local flora and fauna and an Indigenous name recognising the first people of the region known traditionally as Tulmur.

“There were more than 2,320 suggestions that did not meet the criteria outlined in council’s Naming Procedure, the majority not permitted as eligible names as they referred to estate, business, product or religious names or themes, political names or themes, and council staff or councillors’ names.

“More than 100 suggestions received did not specify a particular thing or person, such as suggestions like ‘change it to anything’ and ‘not named after people’.”

Renaming Paul Pisasale Bridge and Pisasale Drive

Top community suggestions now open for ranking:

  • Ash Barty
  • Jeff Watson – a ‘lollipop’ man for more than 30 years at Ipswich Central State School, who passed away last year.
  • Local flora or fauna such as the Rakali (an aquatic mammal common in Ipswich waterways).
  • Indigenous name chosen by Traditional Custodians, as a mark of respect and reconciliation.
  • Local (non-sports/community) hero or founding family.
  • No name – it was suggested the bridge not be named after person or thing

Source: Ipswich First

Local tennis legend, Ash Barty, is one of the favourites.


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