Proposed renaming of Clubrooms at Charles Riley Reserve

The City is asking for feedback on the proposed naming of the Clubrooms at Charles Riley Reserve (Hockey and Athletics) in North Beach, in memory of Honorary Freeman of the City, Mr George Strickland AM for his contribution to the community, local government and Western Australia. The name being proposed is 'George Strickland Clubrooms’. Closing date: 5 September 2021 Follow project

Background information

The Hon. George Strickland AM engaged with and represented the community in a range of levels over a substantial period. During his time, George Strickland was a patron of more than 12 community and sporting groups within the City of Stirling, Chairman of Star Swamp, Chairman of the Trigg Bushland Committee, and Chairman of the Charles Riley Reserve Advisory Committee for 21 years.

Mr George Strickland also served as a City of Stirling Councillor, City of Stirling Deputy Mayor, City of Stirling Mayor, the City of Stirling Chairman of Finance, 33rd State Parliament for Scarborough, 35th State Parliament for Innaloo, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and Shadow Minister for Community Services, Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs and Youth among various other community Patron and Vice Patron roles. On 23 February 2000, Mr Strickland was conferred as the seventh Honorary Freeman of the Municipality (City of Stirling).

In the 1984/85 season of Hamersley Little Athletics Centre at Charles Riley Reserve, Mr George Strickland was instrumental in lobbying and fundraising for the construction of the Wendling Road clubrooms. George Strickland was identified as a strong advocate for community members, the request for naming the Clubrooms at Charles Riley Reserve (Wendling Road - Hockey and Athletics) is being considered in line with Mr George Strickland’s extensive contribution to the community, local government, and Western Australia.

For more information, please view the below FAQs.

FAQs

Where are the Clubrooms located?

The Clubrooms are located on Charles Riley Memorial Reserve, closest to Wendling Road, North Beach.

Why rename the Clubrooms?

The request to name the Clubrooms has been initiated by the Hamersley Little Athletics Centre, supported by the family of George Strickland.

Who was Hon. George Strickland AM?

The Hon. George Strickland AM was born 3 October 1942 in Elsternwick Victoria, he moved to Western Australia in 1946. 

George Strickland served as a City of Stirling Councillor (1981-1990), Deputy Mayor (1984-1986) and Mayor (1986-1988) and Chairman of Finance at the City of Stirling, he made many great contributions to the City and Community during that time.

In the 1984/85 season of Hamersley Little Athletics Centre (LAC) at Charles Riley Reserve, George Strickland was instrumental in lobbying and fundraising for the construction of the Wendling Road clubrooms, which included storage areas, office, meeting rooms and change room facilities.  The clubrooms are still used by Hamersley Little Athletic Centre and the North Coast Raiders Hockey Club some 35 years later. 

George Strickland also had a long career in Western Australian State politics and was elected 33rd State Parliament for Scarborough on the 4 February 1989 and re-elected in 1993. The electorate was abolished following redistribution in 1994. He was elected 35th State Parliament for Innaloo (new seat) on the 14 December 1996. Mr Strickland was elected speaker on the 6 March 1997 after serving as the deputy speaker from June 1993 - November 1996. Mr Strickland was Shadow Minister for Community Services, Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs and Youth from June 1990 - November 1992 as well as, Coalition Shadow Minister for Community Services, Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs November 1992- February 1993. George Strickland Retired from State Parliament in 2001.

George Strickland was named as the Seventh Honorary Freeman of the Municipality conferred on 23 February 2000 in recognition of services to the city and country.

George Strickland was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia on the 26 January 2007 for service to the Western Australian Parliament as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly to local government and to the community. He was also awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2003.

George Dedicated much of his time to his community and was on the following local and Parliamentary Committees and held the following memberships:

  • Member Public Accounts and Expenditure Review Committee (PAERC) 1989 - October 1992
  • Commonwealth Parliamentary Association – Member of the Executive Committee 1998 - 2001
  • Member Joint House and Joint Library Committee March 1997 - June 1998
  • Member Joint Parliamentary Services Committee June 1998 - January 2001
  • Member Select Committee on Youth Affairs October 1990 - June 1992
  • Member Standing Orders and Procedures Committee June 1993 (Chairman from 6 March 1997) - September 2000
  • Chairman Select Committee on Procedure September 1994 - June 1996
  • Member of Procedures and Privileges Committee September 2000 - January 2001
  • Officer cadets at Scarborough Senior High School. Officer Commanding and Captain
  • Chairman Star Swamp and Trigg Bushland Advisory Committee 1985-1995
  • Chairman Charles Riley Reserve Advisory Committee 1978-1999
  • Member Committee Meath Homes 1981 - 1993, life member from 1991
  • Patron Hamersley Little Athletics Centre from 1988 and life member from 1991

  • Patron WA Little Athletics Association from 1991

  • Patron North Beach Bowling Club 1985 - 2010

  • Member Stirling Philatelic Society from 1978 and on Committee from 2001

  • Justice of the Peace 1989 - 2010

  • Patron and Vice Patron of numerous other sporting clubs in North Beach, Hamersley, Scarborough, and Trigg area

  • Presented paper The Debt Dilemma, City of Stirling to Local Government Conference.

Mr George Strickland passed away on 23 June 2019.

What is used to assess the naming request?

For the official naming of parks and reserves an application must be made to the State’s Land Information Authority (Landgate) in accordance with State policy requirements.

Landgate use the Policies and Standards (document) for Geographical Naming in Western Australia to assess a request ensuring that the potential name isn’t already in use, isn’t a made-up word or used for marketing purposes such as after a new estate. The City also assesses each application in accord with its Policy for Naming of Parks, Reserves and Buildings.

It is important that names are clear to understand, are not unnecessary changes and if a naming is in after a person that the person is deemed worthy of such an honour.

What is the process for naming?

  1. The City receives a request for naming
  2. An assessment is undertaken using the City’s Policy for Naming Parks, Reserves and Buildings, if successful initial discussions are had with Landgate and an initial Council report is submitted to seek community consultation
  3. Consultation is undertaken in accordance with City and State policy requirements
  4. Outcomes of the consultation is considered confidentially by Council. If endorsed an application is then submitted to Landgate for consideration of naming of the reserve
  5. Application is submitted to Landgate and If approved, the name is officially recorded, and signage on the reserve updated. 

How do you measure if the community is supportive?

Landgate measures community support using tacit consent which counts the total number of those surveyed against those who provide supportive and unsupportive feedback.

E.g. 100 people surveyed, 30 people respond with support, 40 are unsupportive, 30 people provide no comment.

This is measured as 60 people supporting the proposal and 40 unsupportive.

Will the community be informed of the outcome?

If this Naming request is supported by the community and approved by Landgate, the name will be officially recorded, and on-site signage updated. Please note any alternate outcomes will remain confidential and the City will be unable to provide any further information. The community will be advised of the naming outcome if endorsed.

Can I suggest an alternative name?

Naming the Clubrooms in memoriam of Hon. Mr George Strickland has included an assessment using the City’s Policy for Naming of Parks, Reserves and Buildings prior to community consultation. No other name is being considered.

For more information on memorial namings please contact the City’s Leisure Planning Team on (08) 9205 8555 or email leisureplanning@stirling.wa.gov.au.  

Who is Landgate?

Landgate is the State Government Lands administration body.

Timeline

May 2021

Council Approval for community consultation to commence

August - September 2021

Community consultation commences

October 2021

Assessment of community consultation outcomes

November - December 2021

Council notification of community consultation outcomes and if supported submission to Landgate for approval.
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For more information, or to receive this information in an alternate format, please contact Amy Kay, Recreation and Leisure Services on (08) 9205 8555.

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