Naming of parks give a sense of identity
  • Friday 21 June 2013

Two local parks located in Cotton Tree and Burnside now have a sense of identity thanks to Sunshine Coast Council today endorsing the recommendations of the Proposal to Name Council Parks report.

Division 8 Councillor Jason OPray said it was extremely fitting that the parcel of land situated at the rear of the Cotton Tree swimming pool on the edge of the Maroochy River will be officially known as Black Swan Park.

“Locals have been affectionately calling this small but historically significant park Black Swan Park for some time due to the sightings of black swans in the area,” he said.

“This area also has a strong connection to local Aboriginal traditions and is referred to as Murukutchi, meaning red bill which is also the name of the black swan.

“With its new official name and recently revitalised improvements of outdoor tables, chairs and seating Black Swan Park is ready to welcome locals and visitors to enjoy this picturesque location.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the many volunteers and council officers who were involved in this project.

“I intend to hold an opening for Black Swan Park and invite the many locals and sporting club members that regularly use or have an affiliation with the river to join me in the celebrations.”

Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson said he was pleased to announce council endorsed a parcel of land located on Ridgewood Street, Burnside to be named Sir Clem Renouf Park.

“A passionate local resident submitted the proposal wishing to recognise the significant contribution Sir Clem Renouf, AM, PRIP (Past Rotary International President) has made to a variety of areas of the Sunshine Coast,” he said.

“The naming policy provides that parks should only be named after persons during their lifetime in exceptional circumstances. The Park Naming Panel found that this proposal identifies exceptional circumstances to justify the naming of this park during the lifetime of Sir Clem Renouf.

“Sir Clem came to Nambour as a newly qualified accountant after more than five years of RAAF service during WWII. Together with two local businessmen, he formed a company in 1958 which developed a number of housing estates in Nambour, with Heritage Heights at Burnside officially being his final development.

“After serving in many national roles for Rotary, Sir Clem was elected as World President of Rotary in 1978/79. During this time he wanted to make a real difference in the world and originated the 3H Program – Health, Hunger and Humanity, with an aim of eradicating the world of Polio. Sir Clem is still involved in this program today and Rotary alone has spent over $1billion attracting thousands of volunteers and support.

“In 1988 Sir Clem was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his services to humanity and his many contributions to society.”

Council continues to assess naming proposals on an ‘as received’ basis, and several other proposals have been received and will be assessed in coming months.