When Sunshine Coast Regional council recently held a competition asking residents to name the new road that connects Sunshine Motorway to the airport and the north shore, businessman Kev Blacklaw knew just what was required.
Mr Blacklaw, as president of North Shore Traders Association and owner of Marcoola Meat and Mini Mart, had been lobbying to have the area from Twin Waters, north to Town of Seaside, officially named and marketed as Maroochy North Shore.
He wanted to lift the profile of the North Shore. He was tired of people finding the area by accident and wanted to put Maroochy North Shore on the map, and on road signs and advertising material.
So Mr Blacklaw stated the “bleeding obvious” and submitted North Shore Connection Road as his preferred name.
This week, councillor Debbie Blumel announced that from nearly 40 submissions, North Shore Connection Road had been chosen as the best.
“I would like to congratulate Mr Blacklaw for coming up with this winning name that acknowledges the Maroochy River north shore locality,” Ms Blumel said.
“I would also like to thank all who took part. The list of names was fantastic, making our choice a difficult one.”
She said the extensive list of names, submitted, recognising local aboriginal heritage, pioneers, historical moments in time and the environment, had made it difficult to choose one winner.
“I can assure participants that your great suggestions won’t be lost,” she said.
“We will be keeping them on a register to consider as names for future new roads in the area.”
Mr Blacklaw will be presented with a certificate and invited as a guest of the council to attend the official opening of the road.
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