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Australian park named after Australian Tamil doctor

September 11, 2009
Huge acclaim: (From right) Dr Ratnam, Pisasale and Attwood posing beside the plaque bearing his name in Redbank Plains park in Ipswich on Tuesday. — Bernama
Source: The Star Online

City of Ipswich Media Release

New park Redbank Plains park gets a name

14 August 2009

A new Redbank Plains Park will this Saturday be named in dedication of longest practicing doctor in Riverview, Dr Kamalakaran ‘Harry’ Ratnam OAM.

Mayor Paul Pisasale said the dedication of the park to Dr Ratnam was to celebrate his professionalism, dedication, loyalty and compassion to the Ipswich community.

“The Park has an entry at 109 – 111 Henty Drive, Redbank Plains where it opens out to a total of 18 hectares running along 1.8 kilometres of Goodna Creek.

“It will be known as the ‘Dr Harry Ratnam OAM Park’ as a mark of respect to a man who has served this community for more than 35 years as a general practitioner.

“His efforts in the Ipswich community have been so good he received an Order of Australia in 2007 for his services to medicine.

“Dr Ratnam, who hails from Malaysia, arrived in Australia, and Ipswich in 1981 with his wife Raji after an invitation from the Agent General of Queensland in England. He has served the community ever since and I believe it is fitting for this magnificent park to be named after him.”

Division 3 Councillor Victor Attwood said the Dr Harry Ratnam Park had been a part of life for Redbank Plains residents for many years as a Reserve.

“I nominated the name of the park in celebration of the work done in this area by Dr Harry Ratnam. A special ceremony will be held on site to name the park at 1:00pm on Saturday, August 15.

“With the growth of Redbank Plains and Collingwood Park this park will play an increasingly important role for open space and future recreation areas for the community.”

Dr Ratnam is a member of the Medical Advisory Committee and the Conduct Review Committee of Ipswich City Council.

He was appointed inaugural Director of the After Hours Family Care Medical Service in 2005 and continues in that role today.

He established his practice in Riverview in 1982 where he still practices today.

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