New name for sports field recognises life of Bob Bellear

Published on 01 June 2018

Bob Bellear

The North Ocean Shores sports field is to be officially known as the Bob Bellear Sports Ground.

The NSW Geographical Names Board approved the new name after it was put forward by the Byron Shire Council.

Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson said the Board’s decision was formal recognition of the outstanding man that Bob Bellear was and recognised his contribution not only to the local area, but to the nation.

“Bob was born in 1944 and he attended local schools and was an accomplished rugby player representing Mullumbimby High School and the Australian Navy representative team,” Mayor Richardson said.

“Bob Bellear was an inspirational leader, establishing the Aboriginal Housing Company in Sydney in 1972 and was a director of the Aboriginal Medical Service and the Aboriginal Legal Service.

“He was appointed Counsel Assisting to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1987 and was the first Aboriginal person to be appointed a Judge to any court in Australia in 1996. 

“He was a Judge of the District Court of NSW until his passing in 2005,” Mayor Richardson said.

The naming of the sports field comes after Council, last year, called for suggestions from the community for possible names for the oval.

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