City plays word games

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Opinion -

CAN a lo­cal gov­ern­ment change the mean­ing of a word?

City of South Perth coun­cil­lors de­bated whether the word im­per­ma­nent meant tem­po­rary dur­ing their coun­cil meeting on Au­gust 22.

It fol­lows the coun­cil’s ap­pli­ca­tion to the De­part­ment of Lands to change the zon­ing of part of Sir James Mitchell Park to al­low pop-up en­ter­tain­ment and food venues.

The coun­cil called it “re­cre­ation and im­per­ma­nent food, bev­er­age and other en­ter­tain­ment events” in the man­age­ment or­der sent to the de­part­ment.

Coun­cil­lor Ken Manolas

brought the mo­tion that the use of the word im­per­ma­nent meant tem­po­rary.

Cr Glenn Crid­land was crit­i­cal of the mo­tion. He la­belled it one of the most mis­con­ceived mo­tions he had ever seen and that the coun­cil could not change the mean­ing of words.

Cr Crid­land said the pro­fes­sional ad­vice the coun­cil had re­ceived was that im­per­ma­nent was a bet­ter word to use.

The coun­cil­lors voted 6-3 against the mo­tion.

Among Cr Manolas’ rea­sons for the mo­tion was that it had caused some anxiety in the com­mu­nity.

He said a pe­ti­tion had been sent to Lands Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti to re­ject the changes.

The pe­ti­tion was put to­gether by South Perth res­i­dent Harry An­stey on be­half of Mends Street busi­ness own­ers, who are con­cerned that pop-up venues would take busi­ness away from their street.

Mr An­stey said the busi­ness own­ers were con­cerned by the use of the word im­per­ma­nent in­stead of tem­po­rary.

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