RECOGNITION: Former Gladstone deputy mayor Dave Burns at the unveiling of Dave Burns Dr at Tondoon Botanic Gardens.
RECOGNITION: Former Gladstone deputy mayor Dave Burns at the unveiling of Dave Burns Dr at Tondoon Botanic Gardens. GLA300819SIGNS

Former deputy mayor recognised with street sign honour

FORMER deputy mayor and community champion Dave Burns was recognised for decades of achievements at a street sign unveiling ceremony held last Friday.

Mr Burns and more than 30 members of the Pengelly family were on hand at Tondoon Botanic Gardens for the ceremony.

Both will have streets - Dave Burns Dr and Pengelly St - named after them in the soon-to-be constructed Philip St health precinct.

Mr Burns served as an alderman, councillor and deputy mayor at Gladstone City Council from 1975 to 2004.

He is a well-known advocate for sporting groups throughout Gladstone and a driving force behind many of the sporting facilities we enjoy today.

He was also a tough-as-nails hooker for Wallabys during his rugby league days, with many an Old Boy from rival clubs having been on the receiving end of his tackles.

Mr Burns now lives in Bargara with second wife Heather, but was happy to be back in Gladstone for the street-naming honour.

 

Gladstone mayor Matt Burnett with Heather and Dave Burns at the unveiling of Dave Burns Dr for the Philip St health precinct.
Gladstone mayor Matt Burnett with Heather and Dave Burns at the unveiling of Dave Burns Dr for the Philip St health precinct. GLA300819SIGNS

"Gladstone was in bad shape when I came here," Mr Burns said.

"When I came here my wage was about $45 for a six-day week in 1965/66. I was working on construction of QAL - there was nothing on QAL in those days, it was just earthworks.

"I enjoyed it and the opportunities came and I just liked helping out.

"I got involved in that much it wasn't funny - I can't remember half the things I was involved in.

"I appreciate what (the council) has done but I didn't expect it."