This is the most stupid idea (chang­ing Black­town) I have ever heard of. Leave it as it is. No mat­ter what you call it, it will al­ways be known as Black­town. Think of all the road, busi­ness, school signs that will have to be changed. Don’t do it.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - YOUR SAY -

– DIANE CO­HEN Black­town. While the sub­urb name of Black­town will be kept – re­gard­less of a name change to the coun­cil area – we be­lieve this is a very im­por­tant is­sue to take to the next coun­cil elec­tions.

The name Black­town is a name that orig­i­nates in the Black­town Na­tive In­sti­tute.

What it sym­bol­ises for some is dis­pos­ses­sion, seg­re­ga­tion, and the place of in­tern­ment of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple, who were force­fully re­moved from their fam­i­lies or tribes.

Por­tray­ing the name Black­town as any­thing other than this is rewrit­ing history.

In or­der to move for­ward in rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, we must give ev­ery­one the op­por­tu­nity to have a say in the name of their city.

There are many res­i­dents of Black­town City who do not iden­tify with the name Black­town, and some even hurt by what it orig­i­nally sym­bol­ised. More­over, Black­town needs to be in­no­va­tive, that is why we are also sup­port­ing a mar­ket­ing name for our CBD.

We are ex­pect­ing our pop­u­la­tion to grow to half a mil­lion peo­ple within the com­ing years.

We want busi­nesses to in­vest in our city, we want more op­por­tu­ni­ties for our res­i­dents, for the younger gen­er­a­tion.

A re­brand­ing of our city will help to achieve this, and ev­ery cent we spend on it will be an in­vest­ment.

IS­ABELLE WHITE, Black­town Lib­eral coun­cil­lor

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