Aussie Rules legend Jim Stynes is to have a new bridge named after him in Melbourne.
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The former Dublin All-Ireland minor winner, who died in March after a long and very public battle with cancer, received overwhelming support from the public to have the ‘floating bridge’ – which will link Melbourne’s docklands to the city centre along the Yarra River – named after him.
Australia’s planning minister Matthew Guy said the decision was made to commemorate the tireless charity work Jim had carried out in his adopted city.
“Jim’s migrant story, his football career and his philanthropy through the Reach Foundation are a working legacy,” he said.
“I think it is a fitting tribute to his life’s work to declare that Melbourne’s newest Yarra bridge will be in recognition”
Stynes, who played 264 times in an 11 year period for Melbourne, scoring 130 goals, was not just known for his AFL career.
He is also known for his work with the REACH program, which set out to help and assist the youth of Victoria, started by Stynes in 1994.
He was twice named Victorian of the Year in 2001 and 2003 and awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2007 for his contribution to sport and the community and went on to become chairman of Melbourne Football Club in 2010.
During his career he also lined out for Victoria at state level, as well as for both Ireland and Australia in International Rules.
He died after a long battle with brain metastasis in March of this year.