Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

TO NAME a train sta­tion Bel­mont when it is ac­tu­ally be­ing built in Red­cliffe, some 6km away from the present ad­min­is­tra­tive and com­mer­cial hub of Bel­mont, will not only be con­fus­ing to the trav­el­ling pub­lic but an insult to the cit­i­zens, and to the rich so­cial his­tory of Red­cliffe.

For Mayor and East Ward Coun­cil­lor Phil Marks, in an­swer to ques­tions in Coun­cil, to say “it was a State Gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion” is, to the cit­i­zens of Red­cliffe, a cop-out.

Surely the pur­pose of a place name is to evoke a me­mory of the nat­u­ral, so­cial and cul­tural his­tory of that place and of the peo­ples of that place.

Coun­cil­lors, it surely is your duty to pro­tect that his­tory.

In 1829 red (clay) cliffs were a land­mark for colonists from their boats, vi­tal first trans­port for the fledg­ling Swan River colony along first Der­barl Yer­ri­gan, then the Swan River.

Capt Mark Cur­rie’s red clay brick house was fired from those same red clays and named Red Cliff (built on present day Gar­vey Park). It was lost to fire in 1833.

Res­i­dents of Red­cliffe are set to lose much of their peace­ful amenity dur­ing the four years of con­struc­tion of the train sta­tion in their com­mu­nity.

For the his­toric place name Red­cliffe to be­come their train sta­tion name is scant com­pen­sa­tion. ROB GREENWOOD Chair­per­son, Bel­mont Res­i­dents Ratepay­ers Ac­tion Group Red­cliffe

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