Almost two years ago BeCA sought to name some of the parks around the estate. Via the website and newsletter, residents were canvassed and suggestions welcomed. The few suggestions which were received related to Sunshine Coast Historical figures and more than likely their names had been given to other parks and areas around the coast.
Bellvista was a new estate, it wanted to have a name for the major park to recognise someone who had given much especially in the area of young people and to the outdoor lifestyle. Someone who more typified what Bellvista was all about, young, vibrant, a love for the outdoors and the beach.
In August 2009 there was a plane crash in New Guinea which claimed the lives of nine Australians. Included in the death toll was Sunshine Coast Sports medicine Doctor June Canavan and her long time friend and Mooloolaba Surf Club Patrol Captain Keith Gracie. Keith was accompanying Dr Canavan on a fund raising trip to raise $50,000 for the School of St Jude in Tanzania by trekking the Kokoda Track.
Dr Canavan had been involved in both the Athens and Beijing Olympics, she was the team doctor for the Australian triathlon team and was highly regarded as a sports physician, particularly for her expertise with swimmers and triathletes. She had been in practice on the Sunshine Coast for more than 20 years, was well-known throughout sporting circles locally, nationally and internationally and was highly regarded as a sports physician.
Keith Gracie was a patient and a long-time friend of June Canavan. He was born in Durban, South Africa, owned his own construction company, KMG Tilt Construction and regularly competed in a variety of sporting events across the coast including the Noosa Half-Marathon in 2008. Keith is remembered as a lovely man who was so generous to the community.
Their love of the outdoors, involvement with sports clubs and local athletics, their generosity and example to local sports people deserves ongoing recognition here on the Sunshine Coast.
With this in mind BeCA applied to have Bellvista’s main park area named the Canavan Gracie Recreational Park. BeCA’s request was not supported at that time as the recreational area was under two ownerships, SCRC and Stockland.
So it was with great surprise and delight that BeCA received a letter recently from Peter Mann of SCRC notifying us that the proposal to name the area Canavan Gracie Recreational Park was passed by Council at its Ordinary Meeting on September 20th 2012. BeCA is to be notified in the near future regarding the formal naming and erection of signage.
As the photos indicate, this area is a delightful one, a wonderful asset for residents and now commemorating the lives of two remarkable Sunshine Coast residents. Click on each photo for a larger view.