Streets pay tribute to region's identities
By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
WHAT is wrong with using prominent Gladstone names for street signs?
That is the passionate question from Councillor Matt Burnett in his pursuit for more recognition of our pioneers and sporting greats.
"I strongly believe street names should reflect the names of people who have contributed to the Gladstone community,'' Cr Burnett said.
Gladstone has a rich history of characters and personalities who have helped to give our city its unique qualities.
When a contractor starts a subdivision, he or she decides the names on street signs. Members of the public can also submit names to the council for consideration.
The council will decide if the nominated person is eligible to be put on the street sign register.
"If someone wants to name a street sign after a person, they write a letter to the council and get it put on to a register,'' Cr Burnett said.
It could be McEachran Drive, Corones Crescent, Jenkinson Road or the name of another prominent Gladstone individual. "We have Col Brown Avenue and Breslin Street, which were named after former mayors, but to nominate someone they don't have to be former elected officials,'' Cr Burnett said.
Sub-divisions require a theme and if a developer has no preference, they can ask the council for approved names.
If the name is approved, a road in the development must be made available for the corresponding street sign.
The council's policy dictates that a person must have made a significant input to the community to be considered for the street sign register.