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Proposal to rename Berrinba Wetlands Interpretive Centre to honour Aboriginal Elder Uncle Reg

Logan City Council is considering a proposal to rename the Berrinba Wetlands Interpretive Centre in honour of Aboriginal Elder and renowned artist Reginald Roy Knox, “Uncle Reg,” who died in 2020.

It also proposed that the Interpretive Centre could incorporate and showcase some of Uncle Reg’s Aboriginal artwork or other First Nation’s artwork supported by the Knox family and First Nations Community. 

The artwork would feature elements and designs linking with the natural environment and wildlife around Berrinba Wetlands.

Uncle Reg was born in 1934 at Toomelah Aboriginal Mission and lived in Logan City for the past 50 years, winning admiration and respect over a long period for his outstanding artwork, contribution to the community and commitment to working with young people.

Uncle Reg’s artistic ability is recognised locally, nationally and internationally with many of his works sold and shown in galleries here and overseas.

Among his many art awards and honours, Uncle Reg was commissioned in 1986 to produce an artwork as a gift for Pope John Paul the Second on his Papal visit to Australia.

Through his art, Uncle Reg was involved with many institutions including schools, disabled and respite centres, jails and museums.

He spent many years working with secondary school students at risk and created artworks in most schools across the city.

Uncle Reg was a quiet achiever who worked voluntarily for many years to assist many community organisations to build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

In 2009, Uncle Reg received the Male Elder of the Year Award as part of NAIDOC Week Celebrations.

Source: 2009 NAIDOC Week Celebrations Website

Residents are encouraged to submit their feedback on the proposal on the Logan City Council website before December 12.

(From the Logan City Council website)

Berrinba WetlandsPhoto of Berrinba Wetlands supplied by Joshua Zadroga Productions