Bridge honour for AFL legend Stynes

Lauded AFL figure and youth worker Jim Stynes will be immortalised with a new Melbourne bridge to be named in his honour.

The Jim Stynes Bridge will be the centrepiece of the $18 million redevelopment of Melbourne’s Northbank precinct, and will link the Docklands area to the city centre, along the Yarra River.

Planning Minster Matthew Guy says a poll of readers in the Herald Sun newspaper chose the former Melbourne Football Club player and president as the overwhelming favourite candidate for naming the bridge.

Stynes died in March after a long cancer battle and received a state funeral.

“The new Jim Stynes Bridge will be a wonderful addition to a new and exciting part of the city that, like they did with Jim, all Victorians will grow to love,” Mr Guy said in a statement on Thursday.

Construction is due to begin later this year.

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