New streets in the Gungahlin suburb of Forde will be named after several notable Canberrans in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the community, Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said today.
“Sportsmen, long-time charity workers, artists, public servants and a former Griffith Primary School headmaster are among those who will be commemorated,” Mr Stanhope said.
(A full list of the names to be commemorated in Forde is attached).
The Chief Minister said the theme for streets in Forde was ‘Community Service’, so it was fitting that through the ‘Nominate a Notable Canberran’ initiative, launched in June this year, local residents would be recognised.
“These people were nominated by family members, former colleagues and friends as part of an ongoing campaign that I initiated to ensure that notable community members are better commemorated in their hometown,” Mr Stanhope said.
“The Canberra community has already responded enthusiastically to the initiative, which will see suburbs, streets and parks named after people who have contributed in some significant way to our community. So far the community has come forward with the names of some truly wonderful people who have worked selflessly over many years in Canberra.”
Mr Stanhope said he had been delighted with the response to date and he encouraged Canberrans to continue to nominate notable members of the community.
“It is a wonderful honour to be commemorated in this way, he said.”
Further information and a nomination form is available from the ACT Planning and Land Authority’s web site www.actpla.act.gov.au under ‘Have your say’ or from the Authority’s customer service counter at 16 Challis Street, Dickson.
Endorsed nominations will continue to be added to the nomenclature database for future potential use.
Canberrans to be commemorated in Forde
Mr Alan Francis Pooley – Pooley Street
Mr Pooley was a fifth-generation Canberran. He was a sportsman, veteran and public servant who in retirement worked tirelessly for the RSL, assisting many families in the Canberra region.
Mr George Skinner Hurrell – Hurrell Street
Mr Hurrell was the much-loved and respected headmaster of Griffith Primary School for over 20 years. He was also an accomplished sportsman who would have captained the Australia hockey team at the 1940 Olympics had the games not been cancelled because of World War II.
Mrs Helen Rickman – Rickman Street
Mrs Rickman was born at Duntroon and spent her life giving to others through fostering, Red Cross and Meals on Wheels.
Ray and Ulrich Ellis – Ray Ellis Crescent
Ray and Ulrich Ellis were strong advocates of Canberra. Ulrich was very involved in politics and local affairs and Ray was actively involved in community affairs receiving an OBE in 1961 for her services to the Canberra community.
Mr Charlie Pahlman – Pahlman Street
Mr Pahlman had a deep interest in mental health, housing and disability services. He worked with various Canberra community groups to more effectively advocate on their behalf to the government.
Mr Greg Lomax – Lomax Street
Mr Lomax was a third-generation Canberran and a public servant. Mr Lomax began work as an electrical fitter responsible for all Canberra’s electrical maintenance which amounted to 30,000 households and changed career paths, joining the ACT Police Force, retiring as Sergeant First Class.
Mr Warwick Everson – Everson Street
Mr Everson’s community involvement spanned his lifetime and many organisations including APEX, Rotary, Rostrum and the ACT Council on Intellectual Disability. He was awarded a Senior Citizens award from the Australian Government in 1999 for services to the community.
Mrs Lilian Leslie (nee Chiesa) – Chiesa Street
Mrs Leslie was a successful Canberra artist who worked voluntarily for various Canberra community organisations over 25 years, supporting Canberra’s sick, underprivileged and handicapped. Mrs Leslie donated much of her work to these organisations for them to auction to raise money.
Mr Thomas Nicholas – Tom Nicholas Crescent
Mr Nicholas was a public servant who shared the responsibility of the administration of the national capital. He was an active member of Legacy and the Ainslie Cricket Club.