Pub­lic to name Kar­ratha’s com­mu­nity precinct

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The City of Kar­ratha is putting its trust in democ­racy and the ma­tu­rity of its res­i­dents by open­ing up the nam­ing of the new Kar­ratha Arts and Com­mu­nity Precinct to pub­lic sug­ges­tions.

A nam­ing com­pe­ti­tion will be de­vel­oped by the City and put out to the pub­lic, with five op­tions to be short-listed for fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion af­ter the process.

City of Kar­ratha Deputy Mayor John Lally said it was im­por­tant the com­mu­nity led the process to name what would be­come a key gath­er­ing place.

“We want to give it a name that evokes the won­der­ful sense of place that we have cre­ated over the past few years on Sharpe Av­enue and that will be com­plete with this won­der­ful en­trance state­ment,” he said.

“The the­atre, cin­ema, out­door am­phithe­atre and sta­teof-the-art li­brary that will be housed in the fa­cil­ity will make it a bustling cen­tre of ac­tiv­ity for the com­mu­nity and we want a name that will be in­stantly recog­nis­able and be­fit­ting of a fa­cil­ity that will be much loved.”

Early this year a call to name a re­search ves­sel in the UK back­fired spec­tac­u­larly when the pub­lic over­whelm­ingly voted for RSS Boaty McBoat­face.

The gov­ern­ment chose not to stick with the pop­ulist choice, lead­ing to claims they were sub­vert­ing democ­racy.

The Pil­bara News un­der­stands it is in­evitable some­one will sug­gest a name in hon­our of Red Dog.

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