Roundabout named in honour of ‘waving man’

A permanent memorial has been installed in memory of a man who, for more than a decade, cheered up countless schoolchildren, residents and motorists.

Peter Van Beek, Buderim’s beloved ‘waving man’ will forever be in our hearts now that his famous roundabout at the intersection of Stringybark and Ballinger roads has been named in his honour.

Sunshine Coast Council Division 7 Councillor Ted Hungerford said he was honoured to unveil the “Peter’s roundabout” sign which will forever commemorate Mr Van Beek.

“I thank the community for sharing with Council their desire to remember Peter, who stood on the grassy roundabout opposite his home for hours every day to greet passers-by with his contagious smile and friendly wave,” Cr Hungerford said.

“After an assessment by our traffic and transport team, and in accordance with Council’s policy, it was decided that the roundabout would be named in his honour.

“In consultation with Mr Van Beek’s family, Council designed a sign which was installed at each approach to the roundabout.

“Next time you’re driving towards the famous roundabout remember the man, Peter Van Beek.”

Fred Van Beek, Cr Hungerford, Margerethe Van Beek, Ed Van Beek

The ‘waving man’ son’s Ed Van Beek thanked the community for its overwhelming support.

“There are so many people Peter has connected with who made ‘Peter’s roundabout’, possible, so thanks to them and the Sunshine Coast Council for making it a reality,” Mr Van Beek said.

“Peter loved waving to all the children and commuters to start and finish their busy day and put a smile on his and everyone’s faces. 

“This roundabout dedication is a tribute to him and a wonderful reflection of the Sunshine Coast’s and Buderim’s community spirit.

“Hopefully people will continue to wave to each other, in memory of the ‘waving man’.”



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