Wednesday, 21 June 2017 16:00


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Councillor MARX: Thank you, Madam Chair. Yes, I rise to speak on item C here today.

Before I comment on it I actually would like to acknowledge Margaret Buchanan who is in the gallery with us today. She has no idea why she's here—we've used a bit of subterfuge to get her in here but she's here anyway.

What we're asking for here today in the Chambers is to vote on a park naming proposal. The proposal put to me as a local Councillor by Stephen Randall, a local resident, is to officially name a piece of Brady Bushland the Buchanan Family Playground.

To give some history, the Buchanan family, consisting of Margaret, as I mentioned is here today, and her husband, Frank and daughter, Sharon, both of whom have passed away, have long been associated with the Brady Bushland area, as well as what is now known as Brandon Road Bushcare.

Their dedication to local bushland areas is longstanding and much valued. It's a sad fact of life that many people are not recognised for their work until after their passing, and in fact it was at Frank's funeral that I heard about all the other community work that he did, Meals on Wheels being just one of them.

He was a greatly loved man and it's the only community group or functional event that my husband will attend freely of his own will every month, because he enjoys meeting with the people part of Brandon Road Bushcare group every month.

So today it's with great pleasure that Margaret is with us so that she can witness firsthand our gratitude to her and her family for their contribution to a greater Brisbane. Thank you Margaret.

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