Ganggajang Way puts Bundaberg on the map

GANGGAJANG WAY: Peter Willersdorf, Robbie James, Mark Cal Callaghan, Buzz Bidstrup and Geoff Stapleton. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
GANGGAJANG WAY: Peter Willersdorf, Robbie James, Mark Cal Callaghan, Buzz Bidstrup and Geoff Stapleton. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

THE rum city's famous ties to the classic Ganggajang song Sounds of Then have been signed, sealed and delivered, with the unveiling of a new street sign - Ganggajang Way.

Members of the band visited Bundaberg on Saturday after Bundaberg Regional Council approved the street name in developer Bill Moorhead's new Paddington Grove Estate.

Ganggajang member Graham "Buzz" Bidstrup said it was a great honour to be recognised.

"It was lovely, we are very proud that the people of Bundaberg chose to name a street after us," he said.

"There's so much history there with the song and Mark (Callaghan) living there, so it's very cool, we're very touched."

It's a first for the band and Bidstrup joked that they would like to see other streets in the estate follow suit and more streets around the country recognise Aussie rockers.

"We think that now some of the streets inside Ganggajang Way could be named after us personally - like a Buzz Bvld maybe," he said.

"It would be nice to instead of naming them (streets) after turn-of-the-century explorers, to name them after current or older rockers."

It was Mr Moorhead's idea to name the street Ganggajang Way and he said the band was an obvious choice.

"Sounds of Then is an absolutely iconic and quintessential Australian anthem and it was written in 1985 and incorporates a mention of the land that now comprises Paddington Grove Estate," he said.

"Incredibly, today (Saturday) is almost 30 years to the actual day when the song was released and became a number one hit on the Australian music charts.

"It's great that this song has such strong Bundaberg linkages and we are privileged to have the whole band here to celebrate the naming of Ganggajang Way."

Ganggajang Way is situated not far from where the words to Sounds of Then were first penned by singer, songwriter and former Bundaberg local, Mark Callaghan and Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said the tribute sign could become a significant attraction for the region.

"Our new signpost definitely has novelty value and I hope to see lots of locals and visitors to our beautiful region taking selfies in front of the signpost," he said.

Planning Committee chairman Ross Sommerfeld said Ganggajang deserved the recognition.

"For those who don't know it, the song relates to the experience of watching "lightning crack over cane fields"; something very unique to the Bundaberg region," he said.

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