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Call to rename North Bourke Oval

Main photo - the North Bourke Oval . Inset Neville Simpson. Photos TWH

A request has been presented to Bourke Shire Council to rename North Bourke Oval “The Neville Simpson Memorial Oval”

North Bourke resident Les Bunyan is behind the suggestion, with a petition signed by 118 people requesting that Bourke Shire Councillors “name the cricket ground at North Bourke, ‘The Neville Simpson Memorial Sports Ground’.”

Mr Simpson, a long-time resident of Bourke, passed away in February of this year, aged 93.

In his submission, Mr Bunyan said, “Petitioners strongly believe that the name should be officially changed to “The Neville Simpson Memorial Sports Ground” to honour the life and dedication to the Bourke community by the late Neville Simpson over many, many years.”

Mr Bunyan referred to the exemplary way in which Mr Simpson conducted his life and his support for the community.

Bourke Shire Council General Manager, Mrs Leonie Brown, said Mr Simpson was a quiet achiever and had done much good work in the community. However, she said when requests like this are made, there is a process to follow.

“There are requirements under legislation regarding the Geographical Names Board (GNB) for naming ovals and reserves in New South Wales. It’s not as simple as just naming something after someone. We would have to consult with Mr Simpson’s family and the community in general,” Mrs Brown said. […]

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