Ballards Hill, it's official!
Brookfield’s locally known, Ballards Hill has been formally named by the Queensland Government.
The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Executive Director Wally Kearnan said the hill has been known by Brookfield locals as Ballards Hill since early last century.
“The name Ballards Hill is well-known in the local community with recorded references dating back almost 100 years, the first in 1924 by the Courier Mail.
“The Ballards were a pioneering family, who owned land on the western slopes of the subject hill in the Moggill Creek District”, said Mr Kearnan.
“Officially naming “Ballards Hill” is a fitting tribute to the Ballard family who have a long history with the area itself and have played a significant role within the community for almost a century.
“Today, parts of the original weatherboard cottage have survived as the ‘Ballard Pioneer Cottage’ at the Pullenvale Environmental Education Centre.”
The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy considers place name submissions from local councils, community groups and the public based on a set of responsible naming principles.
Appropriate submissions are developed into formal proposals that are put out for public consultation, which includes seeking feedback from the general public, local councils, utility and emergency services providers, local members of Parliament, community groups and traditional owners.
This public feedback is then considered by the Minister before a decision is made on whether to accept and approve a proposal.
Queensland place name plan QPN1391 shows the location of the geographical feature and may be viewed at the Queensland Place Names section on the DNRME website.
Enquiries about the decision should be directed by telephone to 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about place names and the naming process, visit https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/land/place-names
Map is available at the DNRME media centre