Why change name?

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

RE: “IN­VEST in our re­brand,” ( Mt Druitt-St Marys Stan­dard, Au­gust 19).

I read with in­ter­est the com­ments of Is­abelle White, Black­town Lib­eral coun­cil­lor (Ward 4, I be­lieve but as we don’t hear or see much of her I can­not be cer­tain).

I have lived in the Black­town Coun­cil area for the past 28 years, and never have I thought of the name in any racial con­text.

The coun­cil­lor says that por­tray­ing the name Black­town as any­thing other than a place of dis­pos­ses­sion, seg­re­ga­tion etc is rewrit­ing history.

Coun­cil­lor, is this not ex­actly what you are at­tempt­ing to do with this name change?

What of the cost to ratepay­ers for this ref­er­en­dum? What of the cost to ratepay­ers (should the ref­er­en­dum be suc­cess­ful) in the re­badg­ing of Black­town Coun­cil? How do you pro­pose to pay for that?

Easy I sup­pose, just ap­ply for a rate in­crease. Once again a clas­sic ex­am­ple of po­lit­i­cal correctness. GERALD YOUNG,


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