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Published April 26th 2012
Most of us here in Australia know of the tragic accident that happened with the West Gate Bridge. That it fell down, during construction.
The West Gate Bridge stretches out to 2.5 kilometres. It connects Melbourne's western suburbs to the CBD, helping many drivers get to where they need to be, instead of having to take the long route around, which would be to go via Footscray to reach the city. The West Gate is the largest cable-stayed girder Bridge in Australia. This bridge has 160,000 vehicles going across it on a daily basis. The West Gate is among Melbourne's iconic structures.
I am sure that at some point in your life, you have travelled over that bridge; I do so on a regular basis. The story of what happened always seems to haunt me, when travelling on it. So many questions circulate in my mind. I am sure I am not the only one the bridge has this effect on.
I am also sure I am not the only one who has had the same questions go through my mind, while travelling on the bridge. Questions like, how, why? How it was for those workers who died to make it, how scary it would have been for them and the families who would have been informed of losing a loved one that way.
If you are like me and have travelled on the bridge so many times and often question things like that while on it, maybe you should go to a memorial, see a bit of history. You can also see the part of the bridge that fell.
Going to a memorial is the least we can do to pay our respects and give thanks to those, who lost their lives so we can travel on the bridge. We can show families of the victims and current bridge workers that they did not die in vain. Show that we do not take the bridge for granted.
The tragic accident happened on October 15 1950, where 35 workers were killed, so many people were injured and it changed a multitude of lives forever. Possibly even your own without knowing it.
I know when I go over that bridge, I am cautious about it. Go along to a memorial and met Pat Preston, who was a survivor and see what he. does now and how his life has changed since that fateful day. He does quite a few remarkable things but I will leave the surprise to you, in what that is. He does things that might inspire you to make a difference in your workplace.
There are several different memorials to attend. For information about them please visit the website. On the site there is a schedule of what memorials are on. If you like your history or want to learn more about what happened on that fateful day in 1950, check it out. Or if you're new to Australia or Victoria, it might be something you would like to learn about and get snap shots on and be able to share the story with loved ones and friends back home.