ON A MISSION: Evan Treacy, with the support of Cr Tony Williams, has started a petition to get the name of North Rockhampton skatepark changed to the Rueben Kelly Barnes Memorial Skatepark.
ON A MISSION: Evan Treacy, with the support of Cr Tony Williams, has started a petition to get the name of North Rockhampton skatepark changed to the Rueben Kelly Barnes Memorial Skatepark. Allan Reinikka Rokaskatepa

Evan Treacy petitions to have North Rocky skatepark renamed

EVAN Treacy will always remember his mate Rueben Barnes for the love of skating they shared.

Rueben and Evan had been mates for years, spending most days out on their skateboards.

But Rueben's life was claimed in 2009 when the 16-year-old was electrocuted while installing roofing insulation.

Now Evan, 21, is hoping the Rockhampton community will jump onboard to keep Rueben's memory alive.

Evan has started a petition to rename the North Rockhampton skate park to the Rueben Kelly Barnes Memorial Skate Park.

Skateboarding was one of Rueben's favourite past times, and he was often at the skate park with his mates.

The petition for the name change already has close to 500 signatures, and councillor Tony Williams is getting behind it.

"I went to meet with Rueben's friends about the petition and said to them I'm happy to support it and put it up to council," Cr Williams said.

"It's a brilliant idea and it would be a fitting way to remember Rueben."

Cr Williams is hoping to get as many signatures on the petition as possible before taking it to council early next year.

"It'd be nice to pay tribute to Rueben," he said.

"Council goes out of its way to provide facilities for our young community and it's great to see the community requesting something like this."

To sign Evan's petition visit gopetition.com, search for 'Rockhampton', and select 'Renaming Rockhampton's Northside Skatepark to Reuben'.

Rueben's death is one of four that will be investigated during a royal commission into the Rudd government's botched home insulation scheme.



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