Lifestyle

Goodna names street after Folau

Aussie Rules convert Israel Folau talks with media after having a street named after him in Goodna.
Aussie Rules convert Israel Folau talks with media after having a street named after him in Goodna. Ruth Keber

THE sign has already been stolen three times, but that did not stop former Goodna rugby league player Israel Folau grinning from ear-to-ear as he unveiled a street named in his honour.

Folau, 21, made the headlines earlier this year when he defected from the NRL’s Brisbane Broncos to AFL but he returned to his home town to humbly watch the naming.

“It’s pretty cool... I feel very special,” Folau said.

“It would be nice to own a home on this street.”

When asked what it felt like to be a role model for so many young people, Folau said he hoped the street sign would encourage Goodna kids to aspire to greatness.

“They can achieve whatever they want if they put their mind to it,” he said.

“They’ve got to work hard and you’ve got to make a lot of sacrifices along the way but in the end it’s all worth it.”

Folau said Ipswich had always been very supportive and he would miss Queensland when he moved south to play for Greater Western Sydney.

Folau played for Goodna Rugby League club as a teenager and is the second rugby league international to come from Goodna since the 1950s, after Noel Kelly.

Rugby league international Noel Kelly played for Australian in 1959 and had a street named after him in 2003.

“Noel had to wait 40 years to be honoured but Israel gets his after only three,” Goodna Councillor Paul Tully said.

Cr Tully said the street would serve as a reminder to all the children in the Goodna area of what they could achieve with efforts and determination.

Ironbark residents Darren and Amanda Amos travelled to Israel Folau Street with daughter Lily so their eight-year-old son Ethan, a passionate footy fan, could get his jersey signed.

Mr Amos said Ethan loved watching the league and wanted to ask Folau if he thought he would be better suited to AFL or NRL because he still had a bit of growing to do.

“He’s only eight,” Mr Amos said.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said people were obviously keen to celebrate Folau’s connection to Goodna but if anyone wanted to get a copy of the street sign they could buy it from Council.

“You don’t have to steal the sign,” Cr Pisasale said.

When asked about the thefts, Folau cheekily replied: “I’m not sure; I might be one of them.”




Allison Baden-Clay would want you to show kindness

The late Allison Baden-Clay.

Day honours the late Allison Baden-Clay

New chapel a godsend

Warrill Park Lawn Cemetery has benefited with the addition of a new chapel and tea room. Fay Schultz and Peter Gordon of Ironbark both have family and loved ones buried at the cemetery.

Warrill Park Lawn Cemetery upgrade provides comfort

Patient stable after shed fire at Eastern Heights

photo Lea Emery / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Emergency crews were called to the site shortly after 2am

Latest deals and offers

Lindsay Lohan 'calls off engagement'

Lohan reportedly called off her engagement to Russian millionaire

Rob Kardashian 'neglected' by Blac Chyna

Friends say they are now 'back in love'

Isla Fisher: I don't like talking about my private life

Isla Fisher shut down TV hosts when they asked about her husband

Mariah Carey: I 'can't believe' Prince has gone

'Prince was one of the best people I've met'

Joe Jonas' 'tough' pals

Joe Jonas' pals are 'tough' with his potential partners

Australia Post to open at Orion

Australia Post.

Service to open to customers in late August

Town with 'unique country flair' will be ruined: resident

Jonathan Emms of Rosewood is concerned about a proposed townhouse development for this John Street block of land.

Residents concerned by high density development proposal

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb