Park renaming commemorates the Gallipoli centenary

Redland City Council will apply for permission to rename a Cleveland park in honour of the centenary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli.

At today’s General Meeting Councillors supported a Mayoral Minute from Redland City Mayor Karen Williams requesting Kinsail Court Park be renamed ANZAC Centenary Park.

“Each year on ANZAC Day we remember those who have sacrificed so much for our country and this year’s ANZAC Day holds even greater significance with it marking 100 years since the landing at Gallipoli,” Cr Williams said.

“By renaming this park ANZAC Centenary Park, it will ensure the significance of this milestone will be cemented in the minds of residents and visitors to the Redlands for generations to come.”

Cr Williams said renaming the park would strengthen the ties it already had with the ANZAC tradition.

“Not only is the park across the road from the Cleveland RSL and Cenotaph, it is also the location of a new ANZAC Centenary Memorial, providing a poignant reminder of the personal sacrifices and service by our troops over the past 100 years,” she said.

“The memorial will host this year’s ANZAC commemorations and includes the names of every major battle that Australia has been in from the Boer War to Afghanistan, highlighting the great debt we owe to those men and women who have served our country.

“This park is so much more than a place where ANZAC Day celebrations are held, it is also a place where people relax with friends, so I couldn’t think of a better place to be named in honour of our ANZACs than a community space where people can enjoy the freedom our servicemen fought so hard to protect.”

Cr Williams said the park renaming had the support of the local Returned Services League, with Council to now apply for the necessary approvals.

“Today’s vote is just the first step. We now have to apply for the necessary approvals, including seeking support from the Federal Government to use the term ANZAC in the park’s name,” she said.