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.
– 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