Sharon Edwards has been missing since March 2015. Police describe the search for her whereabouts as a murder investigation.
Sharon Edwards has been missing since March 2015. Police describe the search for her whereabouts as a murder investigation. Adam Hourigan

Council ignores Sharon Edwards Bridge proposal

THERE will be no push to name the new bridge at Lawrence after missing school teacher Sharon Edwards.

Yesterday's Clarence Valley Council corporate governance and works committee meeting completely ignored the proposal in the report presented to them.

Instead councillors rubber stamped the staff recommendation that the bridge be named as the Sportsmans Creek bridge "at this stage".

The report contained details of the Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis, making a request from an unnamed resident of Lawrence to seek to name the bridge in honour of Mrs Edwards, who disappeared in mysterious circumstances in March 2015.

Mrs Edwards' whereabouts has been a source of conjecture ever since she disappeared on March 14 after a night out at a South Grafton hotel. The police quickly said the search for her was part of a murder investigation.

Mrs Edwards and her husband John, who police identified as a suspect, own a house at Lawrence.

If the council was to pursue naming the bridge after the missing woman, it would require a 28-day consultation process.

The full council should ratify the committee vote next week.

Meanwhile the Edwards family is organising a memorial for Mrs Edwards to be held on March 11.

General consensus 'too soon' to name bridge after Sharon Edwards

The Clarence Valley Council's dismissal of a proposal to name the new bridge at Lawrence after missing woman Sharon Edwards was consistent with the general sentiment that such a move would be 'too soon' when we put it to our readers on Facebook earlier this week:

Beck Loy: "Lovely thought, but I must admit I don't feel the bridge thing is the go. Although maybe a special memorial garden or something may be appropriate somewhere suitable for similar cases."

James Patterson: "All respects to the Edwards family, but why? You normally name such items after someone who has made a contribution to the community."

Mary Anne Buckler: "With all due respect I don't think it's a good idea at this point in time. Sharon's disappearance is still very raw to many people in the community. With the case still unsolved I think it would be a constant reminder and a difficult thing for some to see on a daily basis."

Kirsty Bransdon went out on a limb in her comment.

"No. While she means the world to some people others she is just a missing person and her name wouldn't be put forward if she wasn't. There are many more people who have done wonderful things for our community who would be more deserving of having the bridge named after them (I expect to get abused for my comments)."

Ms Brandson's comments were not abused. Instead, 67 people indicated they agreed by liking her post.

Colin Chevalley more poignantly stated "Perhaps it should be called 'the long time coming' bridge?".

James Filewood suggested "Sir Earle Page Bridge".



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