15 October 2010

Israel Folau to be honoured by street naming in Goodna tomorrow

Australian Rules convert, Israel Folau will have a street named in his honour in the Ipswich suburb of Goodna tomorrow.

Israel played for the Goodna Rugby League club as a teenager and is only the second Rugby League international to come out of the town since Noel Kelly in the 1950s.

The naming follows his test debut for Australia in 2007 as an 18 year old in which he scored two tries against New Zealand.

The street name honours a promise after Folau's international debut from Goodna-based Cr Paul Tully, also the council's planning chairman,  who said a street in Goodna would be named after Folau, whose efforts helped Australia win the Test against New Zealand 58-0 in Wellington.

"This name will serve as a permanent reminder to all the kids in the local area of what you can achieve with effort and determination," Cr Tully said.

Folau became Goodna's second rugby league international after Noel Kelly who played for Australia in 1959 who had a street was named after him in 2003.

"Noel had to wait 40 years to be be honoured but Israel gets his after only three," Cr Tully said.

"Israel will be on hand for the the unveiling of the street sign in his honour and this will be the last time many fans will have the opportunity to say farewell from Queensland as he heads south to play Australian Rules for Greater Western Sydney," Cr Tully said.

To celebrate the occasion, a family fun day will be held between 11am and 2.00pm and a formal presentation ceremony for Israel Folau will take place at noon.

The event will be held at Cunningham Rise estate, corner of Ashbourne Avenue and Whitmore Crescent, Goodna.

The Cunningham Rise estate at Goodna may be accessed from Clements Drive, off Stuart Street.

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