Member for Myal Lakes, Stephen Bromhead has described 1959 as a significant year in the history of the Great Lakes.
Mr Bromhead was talking about the official opening of the Forster Tuncurry bridge and the role it has played in the ongoing success of the twin towns.
The bridge has been good for the towns, it has been good for business, Mr Bromhead told a small gathering to mark the 60th anniversary of the iconic landmark's opening.
Before the bridge was built a vehicle ferry enabled access between the towns for close to 70 years.
But, that service did not operate 24-hours a day.
Today, more than23,000 motorists cross the bridge daily.
"It was great to see so many people and for them to share their memories of what it was like before the bridge," Great Lakes Muesum president Helen Duggan said.
The celebratory morning tea was held at and hosted by members of the Great Lakes Museum in Tuncurry.