Nam­ing pol­icy changed

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Dono­van

A NEW pol­icy pro­vi­sion for the nam­ing of City of South Perth fa­cil­i­ties says prospec­tive names must now be pre­sented to coun­cil for con­sid­er­a­tion.

Sparked by pub­lic crit­i­cism over the re­nam­ing of fa­cil­i­ties at Ernest John­son Re­serve af­ter South Perth MLA John McGrath with­out con­sul­ta­tion, the pro­vi­sion was adopted at the City’s coun­cil meet­ing on March 27 and will re­place the cur­rent com­mem­o­ra­tion pol­icy.

In De­cem­ber 2017, Mayor Sue Do­herty de­cided the nam­ing of the John McGrath Pav­il­ion and Hall was con­sid­ered ap­pro­pri­ate and a fit­ting trib­ute to Mr McGrath.

Dur­ing ques­tion time at a coun­cil meet­ing in Fe­bru­ary, she said her fel­low coun­cil­lors were not con­sulted be­fore the de­ci­sion was made and that was an er­ror of judge­ment on her part for which she had apol­o­gised.

“The nam­ing of such fa­cil­i­ties is not some­thing that hap­pens on a reg­u­lar ba­sis,” Ms Do­herty said.

“With­out a prece­dent I made a judg­ment call, but in ret­ro­spect I recog­nise the de­ci­sion should have been made in col­lab­o­ra­tion with my fel­low coun­cil­lors and I have ac­knowl­edged this fact with each of them.”

The new pro­vi­sion, which now forms part of the City’s pol­icy 609, man­age­ment of City prop­erty, al­lows short­listed names to in­clude prom­i­nent South Perth iden­ti­ties who have made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to and have had a long-term as­so­ci­a­tion with the South Perth com­mu­nity.

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