Park named in honour of Freshwater family

Published: 07 Feb 2018

A RESPECTED Freshwater family will be honoured tomorrow when a park is renamed in their honour.

The Strooper family has been synonymous with Freshwater for nearly 50 years. Tomorrow (Thursday 8 February), signage will be unveiled at the Maree Street drainage reserve in tribute to the family.

Gerald and Denise Strooper have lived in Morris Street at Freshwater for nearly 50 years. They owned the land that is now held by Council in freehold for drainage and park purposes, having transferred the land to Council in association with a residential subdivision in Morris Street in the early 1970s.

Mr and Mrs Strooper, who are now retired, brought up their four children in Freshwater and are long-standing and well-regarded members of the Freshwater community.

Mr Strooper is a Life Member of the Freshwater Pony Club, having been actively involved in the early days of its establishment and in the building of the club house.

Cairns Regional Council received a submission from the Stratford and Freshwater Community Association (SAFCA) last year, requesting the reserve be renamed to recognise the Strooper family’s long association with the suburb. The request was unanimously supported by the Council.

Mr and Mrs Strooper will be guests of honour at tomorrow’s unveiling, which will be attended by members of the SAFCA and hosted by Cr Linda Cooper.

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Last updated: 07 February 2018