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Reserve naming to reflect diversity and unique history

20/01/2021

Members of the Georges River community are invited to have their say on the proposed naming of a currently unnamed reserve on the corner of Warwick Street and Gloucester Road, Beverly Hills to Meryl Burton Reserve.

Mrs Meryl Burton OAM was a long-term resident of Hurstville, veteran member of many local advocacy groups, including Roselands Red Cross, Hurstville Historical Society, Hurstville Community Committee and the NSW Justices' Association.
 
Mrs Burton was Hurstville Council’s first Citizen of the Year, later received a Queen's Birthday honour in 1990 for her service to the community, particularly through the Red Cross Society for more than two decades. She died in 2004, at the age of 88.
 
Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene said it was fitting for the reserve to build on the area’s rich history and commemorate what was important to this community – its people and their good deeds.
 
“The proposed name of this park will be a constant reminder of a good neighbour we once had and her inspiration for generations to come.” said Mayor Greene.
 
The reserve covers 550 square metres, with greenery for the community to enjoy.
 
The name proposal forms part of a place naming project to increase the use of significant female names and encourage increased equality in recognising local residents’ important contributions to the unique history and culture of our area.
 
The proposed name of the reserve is on public exhibition for community feedback via yoursay.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au until 7 February 2021.
 
For more information on Georges River Council, please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400.
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