• The first Anti Bridge Rally organised by the Stradbroke Island Management Organisation (SIMO

  • P997-98 The first Anti Bridge Rally organised by the Stradbroke Island Management Organisation (SIMO), Moolooomba Road. SIMO was formed to oppose the bridge to Stradbroke Island that was being proposed by the National Party Queensland State Government in the 1980’s.

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Group of people marching down Mooloomba Road Point Lookout holding a banner.

In 1946 Roy Bulcock bought Samarinda Guesthouse and submitted a proposal to the State Government to connect Stradbroke by road to the mainland.  By 1977, the Government supported constructing a bridge.  The Minister for Main Roads, Russ Hinze MLA, said that the bridge would be built and tenders would be called.  There were alternative routes proposed.  A number of proposals started in Logan and ‘hopped’ through various Southern Moreton Bay Islands.  Other proposals connected North Stradbroke Island to Cleveland via Peel Island.

In June 1978 at a public meeting at Point Lookout, visitors and local residents voiced strong opposition to a bridge.  The Stradbroke Island Management Organisation (SIMO) was formed to oppose the proposal.  It was felt that excessive urban development and the population explosion which would follow if a bridge were built would destroy Stradbroke’s “unique island character’.  Police permits were obtained and three protest marches were organised on Stradbroke.  In 1988 the Queensland Government finally decided that a bridge would not be built.  The last bridge proposal was to be funded by a Korean company.  Due to the threat of possible High Court legal action, the Korean investors withdrew their investment (Denis Walker 2010).


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