Righting a Wonga by adding Beach
DRIVE 15 km north of Mossman and you encounter signs that refer to Wonga Beach, Wonga Beach Rd, Wonga Beach State School and Wonga Beach Caravan Park. Yet officially Wonga Beach doesn’t exist. ‘‘Wonga Beach’’ is in popular usage, though, to the extent that even the signage agrees.
To correct this anomaly, there are moves afoot to gauge public opinion a name change for the locality, and with enough support the area will become known as Wonga Beach -officially.
One reason Wonga Beach has been in usage is that for a long time it has helped avoid confusion with other Wongas around the nation. There’s a Lower Wonga near Gympie. And there’s the Wonga Wetlands near Albury.
Mayor Leu said: ‘‘I am a former resident of Wonga Beach, and was surprised when I found out that ‘Wonga Beach’ was not officially called ‘ Wonga Beach’, especially as the primary school, local road signage and caravan park all referred to ‘Wonga Beach’.
‘‘I initiated this proposal on behalf of residents some time ago through CRC , so it is very good to see it is now open for public submissions via the State government process.
‘‘I would certainly encourage all Wonga residents to have their say by the closing date of April.’’
Submissions in writing, either in support of or against the proposal, may be submitted online at www.dnrm.qld.gov.au
David Kempton, Member for Cook, said ‘‘Areas like Wonga which experience rapid growth can also experience confusion for local emergency services and postal services trying to locate property addresses,’’ Mr Kempton said.
‘‘This popular area has long been commonly referred to as Wonga Beach, which is reflected by local road signage.
‘‘The beachfront is currently officially unnamed so this a great time to bring consistency to the area’s identity and build a greater sense of community.
‘‘We encourage input from local residents and community groups to determine whether the naming proposals have public support.’’
Queensland place name plan QPN1231 shows the location of the place considered under the proposal.
Copies of the proposal plan can also be downloaded from the Queensland Place Names section at www.dnrm.qld.gov.au.
One Wonga local who agrees with a name change is Kathy Jordison, who runs the Wonga Beach Caltex Servo on the highway.
‘‘I think it should be named Wonga Beach,’’ she said. ‘‘It is a beach – we’re on the beach.’’ Mrs Jordison has lived in Mossman and the local area for more than three decades and says she has long thought of the area as Wonga Beach.