QUEANBEYAN’S honour walk will recognise the most distinguished people who have made a significant contribution to the community over time.
These prominent residents both past and present will become part of the Crawford Street lifestyle precinct and will take pride in the centre of the city.
Queanbeyan Mayor Tim Overall, told the Age the Honour Walk is a way to acknowledge the contribution the most notable people have made to the community.
He said the achievers had to have received recognition at either a state, national or international level in the fields of sports, culture and the arts and be well regarded by the public.
“The Honour Walk is an appropriate way of publicly recognising those throughout Queanbeyan’s history and current that have made an outstanding and long lasting contribution to our community,” Queanbeyan Mayor Mr Tim Overall said.
Mr Overall spoke of the selection criteria that took place in order to be recognised on the Honour Walk. The council received 50 nominations and 22 will be presented this month. Those who have missed out will be recognised promptly at the next council term in four years.
To be considered for the Honour Walk, “The person must be a current or previous resident and must have made significant lasting contribution to the Queanbeyan…and helped promote the profile of Queanbeyan,” said Mr Overall.
“None of those nominated of the 50 were rejected. Those persons nominated who were not being inducted this time are still to be automatically recognised at the next stage two of the Honour Walk,”
The families of those inducted have been contacted and have praised the efforts of the council and expressed their gratitude to the committee.
NSW cricketer, Brad Haddin, wrote to the council that although he can’t attend because he’s playing cricket on the day, he would have his parents attend on his behalf.
Hope Marland who served as Councillor from 1965 to 1995 said she is very appreciative of the honour and requests that her thanks be passed on to the committee.
The Honour Walk was first given consideration in the Mayoral minutes on November 24, 2010. The idea was sparked after local Formule one driver, Mark Webber won two major Grand Prix’s in 2010.
Queanbeyan’s Honour Walk will be unveiled on the 28th of September, 2012 to coincide with the town’s 175th birthday.