Sheepstation Creek Bridge named after Theresa Cowley

History: Mrs Cowley on the bridge on the gravel section of the Paterson River Road about 29 km north of Gresford. The timber bridge was replaced with a single lane concrete structure in 2005. Photograph: Sarah Cooper.
History: Mrs Cowley on the bridge on the gravel section of the Paterson River Road about 29 km north of Gresford. The timber bridge was replaced with a single lane concrete structure in 2005. Photograph: Sarah Cooper.

Four times a day, for 45 years, Theresa Cowley drove a school bus across the single lane bridge at Sheep Station Creek, Carrabolla.

Now the bridge has been named in her honour.

Mrs Cowley, 82, from Carabolla started the school run with her own children in her own car until there got to be too many children, so she converted to a bus.

"I started off going to Lostock school which was a half hour away but then it closed," she said.

"Then I went to Mt Rivers school which took a bit longer and when that school closed I went in to Gresford which took about three quarters of an hour."

Dungog Shire Council made recommendation to the Geographical Names Board following a proposal from Mrs Cowley's neighbour, Stewart Cooper, who describes her an "an absolute treasure".

"Mrs Cowley provided an incredible community service over so many years," he said.

"Having crossed this bridge at least four times a day for five days a week and safely conveying two consecutive generations of children to school, I believe it to be an honour that she has earned and definitely deserves."