WORK has started on a bridge in Melbourne that will be named after late Irish Aussie Rules star Jim Stynes, pictured.
The former Dublin minor footballer and charity worker, who died in March after a long battle with cancer, received overwhelming support in his adopted city for a memorial.
The floating bridge will link Melbourne's docklands to the city centre along the Yarra river and will be the centrepiece of a €14m redevelopment. It is due to be completed late next year.
The structure, which will be open to cyclists and pedestrians, will appear as though it is hovering above water.
Stynes, who played 254 games for Melbourne and remains the only player recruited outside Australia to win the prestigious Brownlow Medal, received a wave of public support, Australian Planning Minister Matthew Guy said. Thousands had lined the streets for his state funeral in March.