Have your say on Ballards Hill name proposal
Members of the public are invited to have their say on a proposal which formally recognises Brookfield’s locally loved, Ballards Hill.
Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Executive Director Wally Kearnan said the proposal is in response to calls from the community.
“In November 2016 the suggestion was made that Ballards Hill, which has been informally recognised by that name within the community since early last century, be formally named by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.
“This is a process that will take time, assessment and community input, to ensure relevant stakeholders are in agreement as to the naming of the hill,” said Mr Kearnan.
The Ballards were a pioneering family, who owned land on the western slopes of the hill in Brookfield or the then Parish of Moggill, for over one-hundred years from 1873 to 1985.
Today, parts of the original weatherboard cottage have survived as the ‘Ballard Pioneer Cottage’ at the Pullenvale Environmental Education Centre.
Mr Kearnan said Ballards Hill was first publicly referred to in 1924 by the Courier Mail and has been a point of reference for the community for decades.
“The Ballard family has a deep history with the area itself and have played a large role within the community for almost a century.”
“The public and community groups can make submissions on the proposal until the close of consultation on 20th July 2018.”
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 names plan QPN1391, shows the location of the place considered under the proposal and may be viewed at DNRME Landcentre, Corner Main and Vulture Streets, Woolloongabba; Pullenvale Ward Office, 1st Floor Kenmore Library Building, Kenmore Village Shopping Centre, 9 Brookfield Road, Kenmore and at the Brookfield District Museum, 665 Brookfield Road, Brookfield.
Submissions in writing, either in support of or against the proposal, may be sent to: Queensland Place Names, Podium 3 Landcentre, GPO Box 2454, Brisbane Qld 4001 or submitted online at www.qld.gov.au/environment/land/place-names/proposals-decisions/proposals.
Enquiries about the proposal should be directed by telephone to 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or email firstname.lastname@example.org