Video: My story so far… Do you want to name our new Western Sydney Airport “David Warren”?


Change is in the air again! It has been 3 years since I started my petition to rename Canberra Airport in honour of David Warren, the inventor of the Black Box and air safety pioneer. It has been 3 years since the spark of inspiration burst into a flame when and I and almost 4,000 people went out on a mission to make David Warren a household name. I consider my petition a triumph, even though it was not the airport itself that was renamed, but it certainly was a fantastic achievement that we had the headquarters of Australia’s Defence Science and Technology (aka DSTO, owned by Canberra Airport) building named after Dr David Warren.


Me unveiling the new “David Warren” building a few years back. Success!

This video is my story so far. I recorded this at the Wagga Wagga Take Charge Youth Leadership forum. As an aside you will see Captain Richard De Crespigny in the above video. Yesterday on Australia Day Richard received an Order of Australia. Congratulations Richard.

Now I am in high school, I feel time poor but inspiration rich. At the end of the speech, I have hinted at what I would like to do next. This picture should give you an idea :) 

It would be great to drive into the new Sydney airport if it looked like this!

It would be great to drive into the new Sydney airport if it looked like this!

This is the part where I need your help. What do you think I should do next?


  1. What should Eve Cogan do next? - on 27/01/2016 at 8:18 am

    […] Option 1: I have planned to start a new petition to name Sydney’s new 2nd Airport “Western Sydney (David Warren) Airport”. I think it would nicely match our current airport called “Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport”. Know more […]

  2. Selwyn Garwell on 27/01/2016 at 10:53 pm

    Go for it Eve ! Your tenacity is an inspiration to us all.

  3. evecogan on 28/01/2016 at 2:27 pm

    I’m glad I will have your support!

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