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Media Release - Former quarry site named Frank Johnson Park

Knox Council has resolved to name the reserve in Quarry Rd, Upper Ferntree Gully, known locally as Quarry Reserve, Frank Johnson Park in recognition of the City’s former Mayor and Councillor.

Frank Johnson served as a Councillor for 12 years, representing the Ferntree Gully Ward from 1981 to 1993, including two terms as Mayor, in 1983/84 and 1987/88.

He grew up 600 metres from Quarry Reserve and lived in Ferntree Gully his entire adult life.

His contributions to the Knox community include:

  • Assisting with the establishment of St Joseph’s College
  • Assisting with the establishment of the Knox Italian Club
  • Instrumental in the creation of the Arboretum
  • Foundation member of the Knox & District Woodworkers’ Club
  • Inaugural Director of the Ferntree Gully Community Bank
  • Member of the 4th Knox Scout Group, Knox Historical Society, St Vincent de Paul Society, Ferntree Gully Football Club among other community and charity groups.

Historically, the site was used for quarrying for over 100 years, with operations ceasing in 1996. The site was substantially rehabilitated and the former quarry pit was partly filled with clean fill material. The remaining quarry pit supports a lake with surrounding parklands. The 15ha site is now an established regional park in Knox.

Council conducted extensive community consultation on the proposed name, with the overwhelming majority of respondents (78 per cent), in favour of the name being changed to Frank Johnson Park.

The request to name the reserve will now be sent to the Office of Geographic Names, who will also consider any appeals lodged with them.

Quotes attributable to Mayor, Cr Jake Keogh:

  • The late Frank Johnson provided many years of service to the Knox Community and it is fitting that this reserve, located close to where he grew up and represented the Knox community, will now bear his name.

Issued: 1 April 2019
Knox Community and Council Plan 2017-2021

Knox Community and Council Plan 2017-2021 Reference:

Goal 1. We value our natural and built environment

Strategy 1.1 - Protect and enhance our natural environment

Goal 4. We are safe and secure

Strategy 4.3 - Maintain and manage the safety of the natural and built environment.

Goal 6. We are healthy, happy and well

Strategy 6.2 - Support the community to enable positive physical and mental health

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