5 September 2013

Deakin residents name their own parks

| Barcham
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A collection of Deakin residents were fortunate enough to be allowed to name their local park. They named it after a poet, which is fine I guess if you like poets.

I would have named it after a Dinosaur.

Rosemary Dobson wrote this poem about Deakin, which is nice I guess.

However Ankylosaurus had a tail club, massive plates of keratin covered bone armor on it’s back, came from the late Cretaceous period, and would totally be an awesome thing to name a park after.

Just saying.

“The name ‘Rosemary Dobson Park’ was chosen following community consultation by a local group who wanted the community to choose the name of their local park, on the corner of Strickland Crescent, Norman and Lawley Streets in Deakin,” Mr Corbell said.

The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate has notified an instrument to name the park on the ACT Legislation Register and, subject to completion of the disallowance period, the community plans to hold a naming ceremony at the park in early December 2013.

“The December ceremony is the culmination of a lot of hard work by the ‘Name the Park in Deakin Group’ which Mr Angelo Zorbas helped form with 30 other local residents,” Mr Corbell said.

Mr Zorbas contacted the ACT Place Names Unit within the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate earlier this year, with a proposal to conduct community consultation to choose the name for the park.

The group of Deakin residents created a blog, www.deakinnamethepark.wordpress.com, which invited residents to choose a category from the suburb’s themes. ‘Local identity’ was the eventual winner from a list that included Governors, Governors-General, and Diplomats.

The group then carried out a second survey asking residents to choose one candidate from a list that included five other prominent Australians.

The majority of residents who responded favoured the distinguished poet and former Deakin resident, Rosemary Dobson, a choice which was later endorsed by the ACT Place Names Committee.

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I had nominated her for a new park on the Kingston Foreshore! This is excellent.

She was such a fine poet.

And Barcham, you could try to get your apostrophes right in such a post. (On it’s back is bad!)

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