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Submitted by JRA-Site Admin on Mon, 13/06/2016 - 8:05am

Jamboree Residents Assoc. ask you to join us for our

                              WOOD PARK Planting & NAMING CEREMONY


                                                             Sunday 19th June 8am – 12 Noon

                                    In parkland behind Lutheran School - enter via Bilga or Naver Street


                                                  Walter and Elaine Wood are JRA Life Members


                                                               COME PLANT A TREE! from 8am

Wolston and Centenary Catchments in partnership with Jamboree Residents Association invite all ages      to make a contribution to the environment by assisting them to plant trees along the water course through the park.

Volunteers, please wear enclosed shoes, long pants, shirt with sleeves, wide brimmed hat and bring a water bottle. Small children must have parental supervision.


                                                                 SCOUTS OPEN DAY from 8am

West Centenary Joey’s – Cubs –Scouts & Ventures invite boys and girls aged from 6 to 18 years to join them in demonstrations of their various scouting levels of activities.


                                                   OFFICIAL PARK NAMING CEREMONY 10:30am

                                                                         Cr Matthew Bourke

The Park has been named in recognition of the community involvement of Walter and Elaine Wood in the early days of the development of the Centenary Suburbs.

                                              Free Tea, Water, Cakes, Damper & fruit throughout.

                                                    Free Coffee Cart for volunteers – from 9.30

                                                 Free Geckoes Wildlife Presentation – from 11am



Jamboree Residents Association successfully lobbied Cr Mathew Bourke to have a local park named in recognition of Walter and Elaine Wood, a Jamboree Heights’ family that contributed greatly to our community during the early development of the Centenary Suburbs.

Walter and Elaine Wood took up residence in Pennant St. in 1973 and have lived there until just recently.

Since 1988 many current residents may have met the Woods through their newsagency on Sumner Road River Hills.

On purchasing their home during stage 2 of L.J. Hookers’, Jamboree Heights’ development release, Walter and Elaine immediately became involved in community matters for the benefit of other residents and their own children.

In these early days, our suburb was full of first home buyers with a high proportion of school aged children – nappy valley.

With others, they were the driving force behind the development of Jamboree Heights State Primary School.

Before 1974, children had to travel to Jindalee for their early education.

As well as running the school canteen, they raised funds for 50% of the earth and drainage works to create the school sporting oval and other essential infrastructures.

Walter was President and Elaine the Treasurer of the ladies group of the school P&C from the commencement in 1974 until 1986.


Other achievements:

  • Foundation member of Jamboree Scouts and Girl guides.
  • Active in Jaycee Movement – Australian Jaycee of year 1970 – including Life Membership.
  • YMCA Director 1988 -2012 – inc. Y West Jamboree Heights.
  • Establishing / founder member of first local bush care group –SORB – Save Our River Banks
  • Foundation Member of Sumner Park Rotary.
  • Neighbourhood Watch advocator.
  • Organizer/fund raiser of 1974 local flood recovery group.
  • Canteen organizer Lions Soccer club.
  • Granted Life Membership of Jamboree Residents Association - 2014