Caloundra character lives on through land donation
  • Tuesday 22 March 2011

As a prominent businessman and an active community servant, Ivo Rooke was one of Caloundra’s most generous and popular personalities.
 
Despite having passed away in 2009, Mr Rooke’s legacy will live on through the donation of the majority of his Moffat Beach property to council for parkland. 
 
Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the donated land would be named “Rooke Park”.
 
“This is a magnificent parcel of land on Derby Road, high on a ridge with views to the north and east,” he said. 
 
“Mr Rooke was a wonderful contributor to the Caloundra community through his television repair business, as a member of the local Rotary club and a life member of the local ambulance committee. 
 
“I met with Mr Rooke several years ago where he discussed his desire to donate a portion of his land to council for park purposes and I’m thrilled that we’re now able to honour his wishes.” 
 
Mr Rooke’s executor, David MCGarry said the 4292 square metre parcel of land had been transferred to Sunshine Coast Council.
 
“To formalise the land donation council was required to subdivide Mr Rooke’s land into two lots with the majority of the site then transferred to council,” he said. 
 
“This transfer of land was very important to Mr Rooke and I’m sure he would be thrilled to know that the Caloundra community can now enjoy the place he called home.”