Rename Barrack Road Park to Irene Longman Reserve
|Principal Petitioner||Cr Ryan Murphy, Cannon Hill|
|Closing Date||Thu, 05 Apr 2018|
|No. of signatures||24 signatures (View signatures)|
Residents draw to the attention of Council, the historical significance of Ms Irene Longman to the eastern suburbs of Brisbane, through her service to the Queensland Parliament and the community. Irene Longman was the first woman to be elected to parliament in Queensland, winning the seat of Bulimba from Labor for the Country and Progressive National Party in 1929. During her term, she was instrumental in appointing the first female police officer in Queensland, creating a separate Children’s Court, and appointing an advisory panel in challenging cases of juvenile delinquency. Her political career was short-lived, with Irene losing her seat in the landslide which swept away the Moore government in 1932. She died on 29 July 1964 in Brisbane and was cremated. Sadly, she didn't live to see another woman elected to parliament in her lifetime. Though the federal Division of Longman is named after Irene, there is little local recognition of her achievements. We believe it would be fitting to name the Council sports fields at Barrack Road, Cannon Hill, after Ms Longman. These sports fields are used by local school students from Ms Longman's former electorate of Bulimba. Ms Longman had a long history of working for the welfare of children, as both an educator in her earlier years, and later as an elected representative.
Your petitioners, therefore, request that the unnamed park bounded by Cedar Street, Barrack Road and Ivy Street in Cannon Hill (Barrack Road Park) be renamed Irene Longman Reserve in recognition of Irene Longman's significant contribution to Queensland and in particular, the role of women in politics.