Bill won’t give up on naming street after band

THIS IS AUSTRALIA: Bill Moorhead wants a street name in a new housing development to be named after the band GANGgajang. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
THIS IS AUSTRALIA: Bill Moorhead wants a street name in a new housing development to be named after the band GANGgajang. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

LAND developer Bill Moorhead hopes to name the major road in his newest venture after the band responsible for one of his favourite songs.

Mr Moorhead said he had been a fan of the GANGgajang hit Sounds of Then ever since he first heard it when it was released in 1985.

He was working in Western Australia at the time, and had no idea the song had links to Bundaberg.

The song is based on a poem the band's frontman, Mark Callaghan, wrote when he was living in Bundaberg.

The story is he wrote the poem while sitting on the back deck of a house in Kalkie, now owned by former Member for Hinkler Paul Neville, that looks out over bush.

Now Mr Moorhead is ready to build stage six of his Paddington Grove development, which will be on the land Callaghan was looking at when he put down the words.

"GANGgajang Circuit is going to be the main road in that development," Mr Moorhead said.

He said he wanted to name a major road in an earlier stage in the development after the band.

However, the then Bundaberg City Council knocked the name back.

But now he planned to have another go at naming a major road after the band.

Mr Moorhead said he planned to start building the development in the new year.

He said he was an "absolute" fan of the song.

"It was an anthem song," he said.

"When it came out I was a young surveyor in WA and I bought the album."

Mr Moorhead said soon after the song came out he picked up some British hitchhikers in Kalgoorlie and played them the song on his car's cassette player.

"They loved it," he said.

Mr Moorhead is also planning other ways to honour the band and the song.

"What I'd really like to do is have the unveiling in a park at the development," he said.

"I'd like to have a plaque with the words of the song on it, and a button that when you push the song plays."

Songwriter Callaghan, who still works in the music business in Sydney, said he was "completely fine" with Mr Moorhead's plan.

"Just as long as he spells the band's name correctly," he said.

Callaghan said he found Mr Moorhead's plan to honour the song flattering.

"It's a lovely thing to have in my life," he said.

Callaghan said he would even consider travelling to Bundaberg for the unveiling if he were asked.

"It's always lovely to get up that way," he said.

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