Rose Swadling and Stephen Schwarten at the Rose Swadling Park at Norman Gardens.
Rose Swadling and Stephen Schwarten at the Rose Swadling Park at Norman Gardens. Chris Ison

Park to be named after Rose

HELPING her community has been in Rose Swadling’s blood since she was a child.

The veteran Rockhampton regional councillor can recall as far back to when she was nine years old.

“One of my first community projects was volunteering for the Salvation Army,” Cr Swadling said.

Many years and projects later, the now Deputy Mayor has been recognised for her hard work for the local community with a park named in her honour.

Residents of the streets surrounding vacant land at Hillside Estate decided to apply for it to be classed as a park to prevent further development.

When deciding on a name, residents, including Marnie and Errol Carlos, were certain on one.

“There were a few names thrown around, but as soon as Rose’s came up, not one person disagreed with it,” Mr Carlos said.

The woman behind many community projects, including her endless dedication to the Red Cross, was overwhelmed and humbled by the gesture.

“It’s not about me, it’s about ‘we’ and that’s how I’ve always been – that’s the type of person I am, I love helping people and the community,” Cr Swadling said.

“But I never would have been able to do it without my family and that’s a very important thing.

"I’m blessed.”

Cr Swadling said she was also very happy the park was close to a home for the elderly.

“I really hope that they’ll make a path for them so they can get out and use it also.

"I would love that.”

Division 7 Councillor Stephen Schwarten said it was a significant milestone for Cr Swadling and community.

“It’s very rare for a sitting councillor to have something like this dedicated to them in their name, but she deserves it for all of her hard work,” he said.

Cr Swadling’s Achievements

  • Deputy chairwoman of Local Disaster Management Group
  • Chairwoman of Crime Stoppers, Rockhampton
  • Founder and chairwoman of Neighbourhood Watch for Rockhampton
  • Capricornia Correctional Community Advisory Group chairwoman


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