Renaming Toowong Cycle and Pedestrian Overpass

Eligibility - Queensland citizens
Principal Petitioner:
Peter Rasey
42-101 Coutts Street
Total Signatures - 105
Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament
Posting Date: 31/8/2018
Closing Date: 12/10/2018
Tabled Date: 16/10/2018
Responded By: Hon Mark Bailey MP on 15/11/2018
TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House that Brisbane’s “Toowong Cycle and Pedestrian Overpass” should be renamed “Canon Garland and Anzac Memorial Cycle and Pedestrian Overpass”.

Built in 2008, it physically links Toowong’s Anzac Park with the Western Freeway Bikeway. Extensive additional pathways now being constructed by Brisbane City Council along Mount Coot-tha Road, means this cycle and pedestrian route will extend eastwards to the entrance of historic Toowong Cemetery.

Toowong’s Anzac Park, one of the first civic spaces of its kind in the world, and the State’s largest and oldest cemetery share a connection to the Queenslander who gave Anzac Day to the world.

On 10 January 1916 the Reverend Canon David John Garland, a military chaplain, was tasked by the people of Brisbane with devising the format for a day of solemn public commemoration to honour and remember The Fallen. That day - “Anzac Day” - holds a unique place in the heart of all Australians and New Zealanders.

In November 2015 an area surrounding Australia’s first “National” Anzac memorial in Toowong Cemetery was renamed “Canon Garland Place” by Brisbane City Council.

Renaming this overpass would be a fitting gesture to mark the Centenary of the Signing of the Armistice which ended the Great War (1914-1918) and acknowledge the exceptional national, cultural and historical significance of the surrounding spaces and honour the memory of the “Architect of Anzac Day”.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to rename the overpass “Canon Garland and Anzac Memorial Cycle and Pedestrian Overpass”.