Local resident recognised in naming of Castle Cove Park Path
15 February 2017
Willoughby City Council will recognise the life and community contributions of the late James ‘Jim’ Ernest White in the naming of a new path at Castle Cove Park.
Mr White was the founding president of The Castle Cove Environment Association and a regular attendee at the Castle Cove Progress Association.
“Jim was a longstanding Castle Cove resident held in high regard by his community,” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney. “An architect by profession, he designed his home in Castle Cove and lived there with his family for over 45 years. Naming this path in his honour allows us to recognise the incredible contribution he made to our community,” she said.
Approval for the naming of the path took place at a Willoughby Council meeting on Monday 13 February. The meeting also approved an extension of the existing path to surround the perimeter of Castle Cove Park, following significant community consultation.
Mr White was an active member of Willoughby Council’s Natural Heritage and Bushland Advisory Committee whose contributions were considerable.
“Volunteering and community activity were important to Jim,” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney. “He believed in the need to preserve the area’s native flora and his input to Council’s Natural Heritage and Bushland Advisory Committee was highly valued. His love of Flannel Flowers and Waratahs, his hatred of the invasive Lantana weed and his passion for the protection of our local environment were well known,” she said.
Mr White passed away on 11 November, 2016, aged 86.
“Jim will be missed by his family and friends and also by the wider community who have benefitted so much from this very energetic man who rolled his sleeves up and made things happen,” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney. “The Castle Cove Progress Association and the family of Mr White are unanimously in support of this proposal,” she said.
A budget of $94,400 has been allocated for the construction of the path extension which will include the manufacture and installation of a bronze commemorative name plate, as part of Willoughby Council’s 2016/17 Priority Improvement Program.
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