The Les Rogers Memorial Sanctuary is named after Les Rogers, a dedicated Council employee for 22 years, who started as a sign writer but found his true calling as a landscape designer in the Council’s Health Department. Rogers designed and supervised many of the Gold Coast’s most well known and loved parks and gardens including Cascade Gardens, Macintosh Island Park, Mick Schamburg Park and Waterfall, Anzac Park and Evandale Parklands. He also designed floral floats, which for many years were built by Council staff in their own time and exhibited throughout Australia at festivals including Moomba in Melbourne, Blue Gum in Hobart, Waratah in Sydney and at Newcastle, Grafton, Brisbane and Toowoomba. Rogers was also instrumental in the introduction of various species of bird which now make their home around the Macintosh Island lake, including peacocks, ducks and other water fowl, many of which he hatched from eggs at his home.
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