Have Your Say: Proposal to Name Park ‘John Van Peype Park’

Published 26 July 2023

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City of Moreton Bay is proposing to honour local community advocate and volunteer, John Van Peype, by naming a Toorbul park after him.

Mayor Peter Flannery is inviting the community to have their say on the proposal, that acknowledges Mr Van Peype as a dedicated member of Toorbul community who volunteered much of his time and energy to others, until his passing in 2012.

“It’s really important we can honour members of the community that have served their local community and naming a park after a great man like John is a small way we can show appreciation,” Mayor Flannery said.

“Mr Van Peype was one of the founding members of the Toorbul Rural Fire Brigade, Toorbul & Donnybrook Seniors Club and the Toorbul Fishing Club, where he dedicated decades of his life volunteering.

“He was handy on the tools, helping build the Community Hall that’s been home to local clubs and community groups over the years.

“He was a strong advocate for his community, spending many years in the 70s and 80s as a member of the Toorbul Progress Association.”

The specific area to be named, ‘John Van Peype Park’ is located at 107 The Esplanade, Toorbul (Lot 105).

Cr Brooke Savige (Div 1) welcomed the proposal and agreed it was an appropriate way to respect the valuable contribution of one of Toorbul’s long-time residents.

“Toorbul is a better place thanks to John’s commitment to serving his community,” Cr Savige said.

“John assisted in raising funds for the community, clubs and the ambulance service. He was also a volunteer with the local fire brigade and gave much of himself for others.

“John not only served our local community but also our country, and his name appears as an ex-serviceman at the ANZAC Cenotaph which he also helped build. He was truly an active and passionate community contributor.” 

The proposal to name this parkland will now go out for public advertising and feedback over a 28- day period. Non-supportive submissions through this consultation period will see the proposed action brought back to Council for re-consideration.

Public feedback can be made by emailing: council@moretonbay.qld.gov.au or via written submission to: PO Box 159, Caboolture Q 4510.

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