New names approved for three important locations
Three locations across the peninsula will have new names thanks to strong community support.
- Naming the closed off-leash dog area at the north end of the Forestville War Memorial Playgrounds as Purple Poppy Park to recognize and commemorate animals sacrificed in wartime.
- Naming of the sandstone viewing area above the South Curl Rockpool on Carrington Parade as Brian Green Lookout. Mr Green is recognized for his contribution to the community as Mayor/Chairman of Warringah Council and during his tenure in local government.
- Rename Undercliff Reserve at the south end of Freshwater Beach, Freshwater (including part of the popular walkway and stairs that form a major pedestrian connection between Freshwater and Queenscliff Beach) to Irene Crump Reserve to honor the late local for her contribution to obtaining public ownership of the reserve and saving it from private development.
Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said the community spoke out in favor of naming the locations.
“It’s normal to see such well-used places named after very important people and animals in our history to allow their legacies to live on.
“According to legend, Mrs. Crump, who was also Head of Nursery School in the Harbord Community, stopped at nothing to save this beloved space so it could be saved for local children by climbing a large fig tree in Moreton Bay and refusing to come down when contractors arrived to begin developing the site.
“His bravery and dedication in the fight to protect the reserve for the benefit of the community for future generations is admirable.
“Mr Green served the community in various roles with the former Warringah Shire Council from 1980 to 1995 and was instrumental in initiating and delivering projects for our community including the initial concepts for this section of the coastal walkway.
“And we can’t forget our four-legged friends. The purple poppy is worn alongside the traditional red poppy to remind us of the sacrifices animals have made and continue to make. said Mayor Regan.
With the approval of the Irene Crump reserve, the council will now contact the geographical names
Board of NSW (GNB) requesting the change to occur as naming or renaming reserves falls within their jurisdiction. GNB will also undertake its own public notification period before considering formal assignment of the name.
If GNB supports the name change, the Board will work with Freshwater Friends Inc and the Crump family on site signage.
As for Purple Poppy Park, the council will work with RSL sub-branch in Forestville to install signage.
The council will also work with Mr. Greens’ family on a plaque prior to installation at the site.
The designation of the three sites is in accordance with the Council’s policy on the designation of our reserves, installations and roads.