Acknowledging our strong Greek community in Redfern

Our naming policy encourages recognising our multicultural community as well as reflecting the story of our community as it grows and changes. On Monday night, Council voted to recognise the strong presence of the Greek community in Redfern in the naming of Zamia Kepos Playground.

The site was home to one of Sydney’s earliest nurseries and a former market garden established by John Baptist, who made a significant horticultural contribution to the local area in the 19th Century. The Baptist Gardens were also Sydney’s first pleasure gardens, a popular attraction in the days before public parks. The new name Zamia Kepos is derived from Greek words meaning ‘pine cone’ and ‘garden’ and celebrates the significant Greek community living in East Redfern over the past half century.  

The City’s naming policy enables Council to rename parks or community facilities after significant change. This popular local playground has been transformed since its creation in the 1950s when it was known as Elizabeth McCrae Playground and the City will commemorate her story through new signage in the playground.