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Park naming

Naming a park or community facility after an individual or family

A request will be considered for naming a park or community facility after an individual or family where a person or family member is deceased and:

  1. is widely known and respected within the local community
  2. has a recognised historical link with the locality or is generally acknowledged as having made a significant contribution to the social, economic, sporting or cultural development of the community
  3. is of good repute and not likely to be the subject of controversy
  4. the nominated person has widespread community support.

Note: Under special circumstances, consideration will be given to a living person where the naming is deemed to be in accordance with points 1, 2 and 3 above and the recognition is considered appropriate by City of Gold Coast.

A family who is nominated should have made a significant contribution to the community over two or more generations.

Naming a community facility after a community organisation or service club

The naming of a facility after a community group/service club is not the favoured option, unless the organisation or service club has made, or is committed to making, a significant contribution to the development and improvement of the facility. Such names must include a geographic component to distinguish it (e.g. Runaway Bay Lions Park).

An alternative may be to install suitable inscriptions/plaques to acknowledge the contribution of the group/club or the facility generally, or to specific projects or structures.

Renaming a facility

The renaming of a facility will only be considered if it can be demonstrated that the name is no longer appropriate in historical or geographical terms or is likely to cause distress to members of the community.

Placing of plaques

The placement of memorial plaques in honour of persons in parks, or on infrastructure, will not be supported. The City will permit memorial tree plantings (exclusive of plaques) to occur, subject to our direction with respect to species and location.

Naming application process

Applicants must submit a written supporting statement for the nominee/s. This must be supported by a minimum of three (3) third parties, one of whom must be a community group. Documentation must be validated by Statutory Declaration and signed by a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner of Declarations.

Applications will be given careful consideration (including discussion with the Divisional Councillor) prior to being presented to the City for consideration and decision.

The proposal to name the park or facility should be advertised with signage, at or on, the property or facility for public comment for 21 days prior to the presentation of a report to the City for its consideration.

All requests for naming a park/facility should be put in writing and sent to:

The Chief Executive Officer
City of Gold Coast
PO Box 5042

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