Council to vote on name change
BID COULD GO TO PUBLIC POLL
BEFORE the future of Blacktown’s name is discussed again tonight, Aboriginal elder Gordon Workman has asked councillors to cast their minds back to 2012.
Under the then-mayor, Liberal Len Robinson, the Welcome to Country – acknowledging Aborigines as the traditional owners of the land – was scrapped. The portrait of the Queen was reintroduced and it still adorns the wall behind the mayor in the chambers.
“What has she ever done for us?” Mr Workman said.
Liberal councillors Karlo Siljeg and Isabelle White said one reason they wished to change the name of the Blacktown Council area to West Sydney was because of its racist connotations dating back to the 1820s.
The council will tonight vote on whether the name change goes to a public vote. Under the Local Government Act, referendums can only be held on specific subjects. A name change is not one of them.
If Blacktown Council decides to hold a non-binding poll instead, Governor David Hurley and Local Government Minister Paul Toole would need to approve