Coun­cil to vote on name change

BID COULD GO TO PUBLIC POLL

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Nick Houghton and Jo Vella

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

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