Russell Island On The Bay - Oct 08, 2013 05:40

Russell Walking Trail Gets A Name

Russell Walking Trail Gets A Name
The Turtle Swamp walking trail on Russell Island has been named Gooramundra Trail.
The name has come from Russell Island State School student Chase McPherson.

It was one of many submitted in a competition run by Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards, following completion of the first stage of the track by Redland City Council.

The track is the first stage in what could be a 20 km environment tourist attraction, when the councillors concept becomes fruition.

This trail was part of the Councillors election commitment and reflected many community groups requests for trails over the past decade. In the 1970’s some of the “real estate” promotional material said that walking trails will be built. This first site for a trail was suggested by the Bay Islands Conservation Association and Councillor Edwards arrange for Council officers to assess an appropriate pathway.

On completion of the first stage on Russell Island, the councillor envisaged a competition for local school children to come up with a suitable name for the track on Russell Island.
Many entries were submitted to Cr Edwards from State School students with the best submitted to Redland City Council Mayor, Cr Karen Williams.

Cr Williams chose the entry from Chase McPherson, a student at the Russell Island State School and as a result won a 14 megapixel digital camera provided by Cr. Edwards.

The name selected is Gooramundra (meaning Turtle) Trail however as it is from the language of the indigenous people from the Cootamundra region, Council will seek their consent and also the consent of the Quandamooka people as they are the local indigenous community. Young Chase was on hand to help cut the ribbon to officially open the trail with the help of Cr Edwards and other Councillors.

By The Friendly Bayislander