Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Opinion -

I HAD re­cently heard sto­ries that the mag­nif­i­cent new build­ings which have been con­structed on the Ernest John­son Re­serve were to be named af­ter our cur­rent lo­cal state mem­ber.

I en­quired of the Coun­cil as to what con­sul­ta­tion and on what ba­sis the pro­posed nam­ing had been based, as I un­der­stand there is with some lo­cal au­thor­i­ties a ban on nam­ing fa­cil­i­ties af­ter serv­ing politi­cians.

I re­ceived a generic re­sponse which did not an­swer the ques­tion un­til I saw your story on the front page of your most re­cent edi­tion.

Both Bill Gray­den and Vin­cent Pen­dal were strong lo­cal mem­bers and it would have been bet­ter to give them recog­ni­tion rather than the cur­rent in­cum­bent, who could be recog­nised at some stage af­ter his re­tire­ment.

Al­ter­na­tively, we have Mr Bea­z­ley who has a dis­tin­guished ca­reer as a se­nior politi­cian, am­bas­sador to the US and is now, as I un­der­stand it, pro­vid­ing his knowledge in the ser­vice of academia.

A very dis­ap­point­ing ex­er­cise by the lo­cal coun­cil.



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