The Story Behind Dawn Andrews Park

Central Springs community parklands named after long-time local scout

 

A lifetime of giving back has been recognised with the naming of the Dawn Andrews Parklands at Caboolture’s masterplanned community, Central Springs.

Long-time Caboolture Scouts member, Dawn Andrews, has been a driving force behind the local scout association for more than 40 years.

The 75-year-old currently holds the honourary title of Caboolture Scouts Patron, but has worn many badges over the years, including cub scout leader, venturer leader, group leader, adult support member, treasurer and group auditor.

Dawn said she was humbled and honoured to have the community parklands named after her.

“I’m thrilled – it’s not often you are asked if you want to have a public park named after you, so I consider myself very lucky,” she said.

“I went to the parklands with my family recently after celebrating  my mother’s 100th birthday. It was lovely to see so many people out there using the parklands – everywhere I looked there were children playing and having parties with their families.

“These parklands are a great community asset, so I’m very proud for my name to be on the sign.”

Dawn joined the Caboolture scouts in 1976 as a committee member, before taking on a leadership role years later.

After marrying her late husband, Barry – a former Queen’s Scout – their sons – Scott, Brett and Craig – followed in their parent’s scouting footsteps.

Outside of the scouts, Dawn’s work in the local community dates back to the early 1970s, when she worked as a children’s church leader.

She was also a Justice of the Peace in Caboolture for 30 years and a secretary for the local APEX kindergarten.

Until it closed down recently, Dawn was a regular supporter of Friends of the Street crisis centre, and now works with the Caboolture Community Action Group.

 

“I’ve never really thought the work I’ve done in the community was anything worthy of recognition – I’ve just always loved working with local people and got myself involved in things I enjoy doing,” she said.

“The Central Springs parklands are located just across the road from the scouts – they’ve been a boon for the scouts, and the local area. The parklands really enhance the community and the scouts are already getting great use out of them.

“In years to come, when all the houses are built at Central Springs, I’m sure future generations will get plenty of enjoyment out of the parklands.”

The $1 million, 7,000sqm Central Springs parklands were declared open earlier this year in an exclusive ceremony attended by Dawn, Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland, Deputy Mayor Mike Charlton and Councillor Adam Hain.

QM Properties development manager, Jeremy Bell, said naming the parklands after Dawn was a token of appreciation for a lifetime of giving back to the local community.

“It was important to us to dedicate the Central Springs parklands to a local person with deep ties to the community and a long history of paying it forward,” he said.

“When you take a moment to consider all the local lives Dawn has benefited over the years – including the scouts, young children and the homeless or disadvantaged – dedicating these parklands is a token of the community’s appreciation, and a way for us to say thank you.”

The Dawn Andrews Parklands are part of 46 hectares of dedicated parkland in Central Springs, which is one of the largest masterplanned communities in the region.

On completion, the Central Springs parklands will feature a four-hectare lake surrounded by more than 1000 residential homes.

Lots are sized between 300sqm and 900sqm and priced from $185,000 for land and $339,900 for house and land packages.

For more information visit www.qm.com.au.

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