A new reserve in Grices Road, Clyde North has officially been named Mick Morland Reserve, in honour of the late Casey Councillor and Mayor.
Chair of Administrators, Noelene Duff PSM, said the Mick Morland Reserve, located in the Kilora Park Estate, was an important community hub that celebrates the support he demonstrated throughout his life for sporting clubs, the community and nature conservation.
“The reserve forms part of the Council endorsed ‘Mick Morland Legacy Link’, connecting the new community centre, recreation reserve and Cardinia Creek, an important recreation, conservation, and ecologically significant site,” Ms Duff said.
“Located in one of Australia’s fasted growing suburbs, this reserve will be a valuable recreation space that will support community activity and connectedness – ideals that were championed by Mick Morland throughout his life.”
The Morland family has provided support for the ‘Mick Morland Legacy Link’ including naming the site ‘Mick Morland Reserve’.
Kay Morland said it was a fitting tribute to her late husband and the work he had done in the community.
“This precinct encompasses the things Mick was passionate about during his years on council - community, sport and the environment. He would be humbled, and our family is very grateful, that the City of Casey has chosen to honour his contribution in this way,” Mrs Morland said.
Mick Morland was first elected to Council in 1992 and served for six terms as a Councillor in the City of Casey’s Edrington Ward. As a Councillor, he was passionate about bringing the community together through sporting clubs, various participation opportunities and the conservation of Casey’s natural environment.
The name was officially gazette in November 2020 following community consultation and discussions with the Morland family.