Feedback sought on plan to name parks after two local heroes

The public is being asked for input on a proposal to name to small Georges River parks after local heroes.

The Geographical Names Board, the official body for determining place names in NSW, is seeking feedback on the proposal to name the reserves Edith Blake Reserve and Merv Lynch Reserve.

The names have been put forward by Georges River Council for consideration.

"It is important that place names reflect the character and history of the local area and community," chair of the Geographical Names Board, Narelle Underwood said.

Edith Blake Reserve is located on the corner of Montgomery and South Streets, Kogarah, in the medical precinct, opposite St George Private Hospital.

Edith Blake is believed to have lived at Blakehurst and was the only Australian nurse to die in World War I as a direct result of enemy action.

She died aged 32 when the hospital ship she was serving on, the HMHS Glenart Castle was torpedoed off the English coast by a German submarine on February 26, 1918.

Edith's war time letters and diaries were donated by her family descendants to the Australian War Memorial, where a next of kin plaque is displayed in her honour. Tributes to Edith also stand at the Municipality of Kogarah Honour Roll and the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton.

The land proposed to be named Merv Lynch Reserve is located between Gregory Crescent and Edgbaston Road, Beverly Hills.

The proposed name is in commemoration of Mervyn (Merv) Lynch, a former councillor with Hurstville Council from 1980 to 2005.

Mr Lynch served as Hurstville Council mayor in 1991-1992, and deputy mayor in 1985 to 1986, 1990 to 1991 and 1999 to 2000.

He was chairman of Hurstville Council's Senior Citizens Management Committee and was involved for many years with the Hurstville Seniors Computer Club where he was patron.

He was also patron of 3Bridges Community and was involved for many years with the Illawarra Catholic Club.

Mr Lynch was an active member of the community, contributing his time through roles such as president of the St George Community Services.

He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2007 for service to local government and to the community of the St George district through aged care, sporting and church groups.

He died in January, 2018 aged 86.

Mrs Underwood said the board is encouraging community comment before it considers the proposal.

"We want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to provide their feedback on the proposed names."

Details of the proposal can be viewed and submissions lodged on the Geographical Names Board's website.

Written submissions may be lodged with the Secretary Geographical Names Board 346 Panorama Avenue Bathurst NSW 2795.

The closing date for submissions is 21 September, 2019.