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Bill Mills Park in Mount Sheridan

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Bill Mills Park is located at 16-20 Benjamina Street in Mount Sheridan Cairns, just a short walk from the bus stop on George Cannon Drive.

Bill Mills Park

It can also be accessed via Benjamina Street. Benjamina comes off the first roundabout from Forest Gardens Boulevard. Stay on Benjamina Street until you see the park.

Bill Mills

Bill Mills Park honours Bill Mills, the last Mulgrave Shire Town Clerk and the first CEO of Cairns Regional Council in Far North Queensland. He was my father’s right-hand man for many years. Bill was CEO while my Dad Tom Pyne was Mayor. However, Bill had an impressive career in his own right!

Bill grew up in a large family who had a strong involvement with local government. His grandfather was the first Town Clerk at Longreach and his father was the Chairman of the Belyando Shire Council. He received the Public Service Medal for his work. Bill played an important role in the development of Mount Sheridan. 

I determined to have a park named in his honour. Fittingly, there was an unnamed park right smack bang in the middle of the suburb of Mount Sheridan. Council passed my motion. The park was named “Bill Mills Park”.

Bill Mills
Bill Mills

Bill Mills Park Improvements

My focus was on making this green space the great community asset that I knew it could become. However, the hardest part was getting the Sports and Recreation Department and the Works and Services Department, to accept that this was a genuine park and not simply a ‘drainage reserve’. I then worked away on improvements. 

Our first achievement was getting the park marked up for football fields. It soon became popular with the local Hmong community, as well as other immigrant and refugee teams. Indeed they all loved football (soccer). So on any given Saturday you could see Hmongs playing Sikhs, or Africans playing Bhutanese. It was truly heart-warming to see.

Then we needed to have a toilet and somewhere to store some of the sporting equipment. So I identified a vacant block next door to the park for this purpose. We then went through the approval process and built our toilets and storage facilities.

However, the neighbours were soon complaining about parking issues. As a result, a car park put in as well. That took a while but improved the situation immensely.

Bill Mills Car Park
Bill Mills Car Park

An unexpected addition to Bill Mills Park came with people wanting to watch the sport. So I secured land-fill from the Gordonvale depot. Council then applied grass-seed. Consequently, within weeks the hill was covered in grass.

The Hill at Bill Mills Park
The Hill at Bill Mills Park

In addition, Council built a shade sail over the children’s play equipment.

swings and shade cloth
swings and shade cloth

Cr. Rob Pyne (Disabled former MP, and Local Government Councillor).

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