Good Samaritan snubbed
By JAMIE BROWN
CASINO doctor and generous land donor, Bruce King, is to be denied seeing his name on the street map of North Casino.
And it has a lot to do with him still being alive.
The road naming exercise has turned into a marathon study of the legal minefield that is local government.
Dr King donated the North Casino land to the Casino Presbyterian Church to use for housing for the needy.
The church did not have the resources to develop the land, sold it and put the money into a trust funding two part-time special religious education teachers at Casino High, and a full-time youth worker at the church.
Casino minister Rev George Ayoub arranged for the developers to name one of the subdivision's new roads after Dr King, but in October Richmond Valley Council proposed calling the cul-de-sac after local Back Creek resident Victor Nowlan.
The news was not received well by the church and its followers, and the council tried to correct its error of judgment at its November and December meetings.
The Geographical Names Board has now told the council King Place is unsuitable because it is too similar to King Lane at Tatham, and because Dr King is still alive.
Normally, roads are named after those who have died. It will be called Nowlan Place.