Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey
Lamington National Park Road Funding Secured
Victor P Taffa
Funding for accelerated maintenance and sealing works worth $787,000 has been allocated to Lamington National Park Road, about 5 km from Canungra.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said this was a win for local residents who had been advocating for these works and the many tourists who used this road each year.
“I am pleased to announce we have been able to bring forward these essential maintenance works, which are expected to start in the first quarter of 2017, weather permitting.” Mr. Bailey said.
“Shoulder and pavement strengthening, and sealing will be undertaken over this 2 km section to provide 2 sealed traffic lanes similar to the others nearby.
“It’s estimated this work will be undertaken over two months with short delays during the construction.” Mr. Bailey said.
“In the meantime, regular inspections of the road will be undertaken and maintenance works will be carried out as required.”
“We are committed to keeping tourist drives safe and efficient for all road users.” Mr. Bailey said.
Lamington National Park Naming And Lamingtons
Lamington National Park was named after Lord Lamington, Governor of Queensland from 9 April 1896 to 19 December 1901.
A Lamington is an Australian cake, made from squares of sponge cake coated in an outer layer of chocolate (or sometimes raspberry) sauce and rolled in desiccated coconut.
The thin mixture is absorbed into the outside of the sponge cake and left to set, giving the cake a distinctive texture. A common variation has a layer of cream or strawberry jam between two lamington halves.
Maurice French, an emeritus professor of history at the University of Southern Queensland, who has examined the question in depth, believes that it is certain that lamingtons were named after either Lord Lamington, who served as Governor of Queensland from 9 April 1896 to 19 December 1901, or his wife, Lady Lamington.
Most sources incline to the former option. The earliest known reference to the naming of the Lamington from June 1927, links the cake to Lord Lamington.
A year 1900 recipe for Lamington Cakes has been found in the Queensland Country Life newspaper.