Bill Mills Park: Mount Sheridan Park Named After former Shire Clerk!
WHO WAS BILL MILLS?
Bill Mills was a local, born and raised North Queenslander. In 1979 Bill Mills left Atherton, where he had been Shire Clerk for 19 years, to take over the role at Mulgrave Shire Council on the retirement of Shire Clerk, Arthur Forno.
He was awarded the Public Service Medal for service to local government administration.
His father was the Chairman of Belyando Shire and his grandfather the first Shire Clerk of Longreach.With interim Mayor Tom Pyne, Bill oversaw the forced amalgamation of Cairns City and Mulgrave Shire in 1995. Bill passed away in October of last year.
NEW CAR PARKS FROM COUNCIL
Recent works by Council have seen a number of new parks provided at Bill Mills Park.
With Forest Gardens having such narrow streets, the extra parks are most welcomed by park users and will hopefully mean we will see less cars parked on the verge of the narrow streets in the area.
The work on the site was a credit to all involved.
Cr. Rob Pyne said, “On behalf of residents I would like to thank the Council staff in Infrastructure Management in Spence Street for seeing why this work was needed and also a big thank you to staff from the depot for making sure the job was done right.”
WHAT IS THAT HILL ALL ABOUT?
Last year, Carols by Candlelight was held in the park for the first time.
This year performers will have a grassy mound to perform from.
The ‘hill’ can also be used by spectators to enjoy watching games of soccer.
In recent years the park is also being used by a number of sporting groups.