Park named in honour of much-loved Dr Torrance
COUNCIL has voted unanimously to name a park in St Clair in memoriam to much loved local GP, Dr Elizabeth Torrance.
The reserve on the corner of Feather Street and McIntyre Avenue, St Clair will be named Dr Elizabeth Torrance Park after the late doctor who passed away in September.
At the time of her death she was described as a ‘brilliant and shining gem of the medical world’ who dedicated her life to not only delivering the best medical care but also the best personal care of her patients.
East Ward Councillor, Cr Greg Davies said Dr Torrance had touched the hearts of thousands over her many years service to the community.
“It is great to see that we can recognise someone who has done so much for the community and who dedicated their life to the help of others,” Cr Davies said.
“It is a chance to honour her on behalf of the people of St Clair,” he said.
A spokesperson from council said it was only fitting that a tribute be made in honour of the late doctor.
“Given the significant contribution that Dr Elizabeth Torrance made to the health and well-being of the St Clair community over a 32 year period it is considered appropriate that a park located in the proximity of her surgery in Cook Parade, St Clair be named in her honour,” they said.
Dr Elizabeth Torrance served the St Clair community for 32 years and was known lovingly as Dr T or Dr Liz.
Dr T was well know for the level of care, often seeing patients well into the night. One former patient said they would drive from Canberra to receive their annual check-up from Dr T. She always offered bulk billing and never took appointments, she was open to all in the community and the community certainly misses her.
Around 1000 people attended her funeral with many expressing their feelings in writing and via online tributes. An application will be made to the Geographical Names Board for the official gazetting of Dr Elizabeth Torrence Park.