Deepak pushes for local recognition of the Griffins

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MLA Deepak-Raj Gupta.

CANBERRA Labor MLA Deepak-Raj Gupta will tomorrow (February 19) move a motion calling on the ACT government to investigate better ways of recognising Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney Griffin in the ACT. 

His calls will come about a month after Mr Gupta found Walter’s “abandoned and forgotten” grave in Lucknow, India, and arranged to have it cleaned and the weeds around it cleared.

Tomorrow, Mr Gupta will say that there is more to do to commemorate their lives here in Canberra.

“I am calling on the ACT government to consider naming future public places after the Griffins,” he says.

“The names of our public places such as streets are a way to commemorate those who have contributed to our city in a significant way.

“A potential initiative could be naming the internal streets in Weston Park after the Griffins. The park is part of Canberra’s original footprint, and of course joins Lake Burley Griffin, and would further embed the legacy of the Griffins in Canberra.

“The work of the Griffins is still deeply evident in the Canberra we know today, one of the examples being the light rail along Northbourne reflecting their original plan for Canberra”.

Mr Gupta will also ask the ACT government to investigate how they can see better recognise Walter’s gravesite in Lucknow.

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