Project Status: Closed

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the proposal to name an open space in Kingston ‘Alf Stafford Park’ in honour of a remarkable Kingston local.

The proposal received overwhelming support from the community, as shown in the Listening Report. As such, the ACT Place Names Advisory Committee recommended the park be named Alf Stafford Park.

Its recommendation was supported by the Minister for Planning and Land Management, Mick Gentleman MLA, and an instrument naming the park has been notified in the ACT Legislation Register.

After presentation in the ACT Legislative Assembly the instrument can be subject to a motion to amend or disallow for a period of six sitting days. Once six sitting days pass without a motion to amend or disallow, the ACT Government will commission a new sign for the park to explain the origin and significance of the name.

Image of Mr Alfred Stafford next to a car

Alf Stafford, former prime minister Robert Menzies’ driver, with Commonwealth 1 – a 1941 Cadillac.


About Alf Stafford

Mr Alfred George Stafford MBE (1906–1996) was a Gamilaroi and Darug man who ran a business in the Kingston area and was a local resident and sportsman. He drove for several Federal ministers, including Prime Minister Robert Menzies. In 1950 he was appointed as Menzies’ official driver and subsequently joined the Parliament House staff as a ministerial attendant.

Mr Stafford was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1972 for his dedicated services to several prime ministers. You can read more about Mr Stafford’s life in the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

How you provided feedback

ACT Place Names sought input from the community about the proposal to name the park ‘Alf Stafford Park’. Feedback was collected through an online survey and via email to the Place Names team at

Public consultation for the park name closed on 1 December 2022. The Listening Report shows the findings of community engagement.

Location of the park

The open space faces Lake Burley Griffin from the northern side of Trevillian Quay on the Kingston Foreshore (the northern part of Block 18 Section 62 Kingston). More images of the site can be found in the Image Gallery on this page.

Yellow shading indicates proposed park area of part Block 18 Section 62 Kingston

Yellow shading indicates proposed park area of part Block 18 Section 62 Kingston