Honouring a community champion

Cr Michael Enright with Karen Dickson, Mikaela Dickson and Cr Amanda Hay. Image supplied.

The memory of Darryl Dickson, a much-loved and admired member of the Beaudesert sporting community, will be honoured with the naming of a park at Gleneagle.

Scenic Rim Regional Council approved an application from the Beaudesert Cycling Club to dedicate the park at Annabelle Way to Darryl Dickson, whose life was tragically cut short in a cycling accident nearby in 2016.

Division 4 Councillor, Michael Enright said it was fitting that Mr Dickson be remembered in this way.

“He was an amazing community-minded person who gave so much back to the community.” 

“He played sport. He supported those who played sport. He raised funds for organisations that assisted people fighting cancer, and he was an active member of the local business community.” 

“He was a great role model in many areas and has left a great legacy in this community. And he was a great bloke to boot.”

“I would also like to recognise Darryl’s widow Karen and their daughter Mikaela, in the gallery. It is very fitting that they are here today.”

“I would also like to pay tribute to the President and members of the Beaudesert Cycling Club, not just for submitting this application in memory of Darryl, but also for supporting Karen and Mikaela through this time.”

“As a staunch supporter of the Beaudesert & District Little Athletics Club, Mr Dickson became a member of the Little Athletics Queensland Board and served for a time as its Vice President.”

Beaudesert Cycling Club President David Kenny, who was among supporters for the naming of the park, said he was delighted by Council’s decision.

“Our group often meets in the park and it occurred to me that naming it for Darryl would be a good way to remember him and what he had done for the community,” he said.

The passing of Mr Dickson, a passionate advocate for cyclist safety, prompted the introduction of the Razzle Dazzle road signage.

Organised by the Beaudesert Cycling Club and the Dickson family, the Razzle Dazzle signage  highlights the legal separation distances between cyclists and traffic.

Mr Dickson’s widow, Karen, said his family was extremely grateful for the community support for the park’s naming.

“This is such a fitting tribute to Darryl who was an advocate for the local community through his many volunteer roles,” she said.

“Darryl, who was extremely humble, would be overwhelmed with the park being named in his honour.”

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