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Pelican shared pathway named after dedicated local

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Ron Brown never tired of trying to make the Belmont, Swansea area a better place to live. 

Having grown up in Blacksmiths and lived most of his life in the area, Ron was a dedicated community activist, often lobbying for various causes throughout the Lake Macquarie area. 

Before his passing in October 2023 following a terminal illness, Ron had been pushing for an extension of the Fernleigh Track to allow a safe passage for pedestrians between Marks Point and Blacksmiths. 

For years he’d warned of the risks after watching kids walk or ride along the Pacific Highway after reaching the end of the pathway on Soldiers Road. 

As part of his activism, Ron took every opportunity to speak with and gain the signatures of local people at shopping centres, local gatherings and events. 

He became a regular face amongst the residents and shoppers at Belmont South, Marks Point, Pelican, Blacksmiths and Swansea communities.

Ron Brown

In August 2023 Lake Macquarie City Council agreed to name the shared pathway along Soldiers Road, Pelican after the popular community member. 

The ‘Ron Brown Way’ signage was welcomed earlier this week by Ron’s widow Marilyn Brown and LMCC Councillor Adam Shultz. 

“Ron Brown was a dedicated community activist who pursued many initiatives for the benefit of his community,” says Cr Shultz

“It is great to see his efforts recognised in perpetuity through naming the shared pathway at Pelican, the Ron Brown Way.” 

Ron’s lobbying saw many projects come to fruition over the years, including; 

  • The relocation of the boat ramp at Pelican foreshore after it was undermined by changing currents in the lake;  
  • Membership of Council’s Pelican-Blacksmiths Local Adaptation Plan, looking at sea-level vulnerability of the local area;  
  • Committee and board membership of the Pelican RSL Club;  
  • Advocacy for the dredging of Swansea Channel to improve functionality of the lake.  

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