CEN­TRAL STORM

De­bate heats up over nam­ing of Kingscliff’s new com­mu­nity as­set:

Tweed Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - Liana Turner liana.turner@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

IT MAY tech­ni­cally be set in stone, but Kingscliff’s new Cen­tral Park might be sub­ject to a name change.

Some res­i­dents have spo­ken out against the name, now em­bla­zoned in con­crete at the fore­shore re­de­vel­op­ment in Marine Pde, con­cerned it bears the same name as a park in nearby Salt Vil­lage, and fails to en­cap­su­late the char­ac­ter of the Kingscliff town­ship.

Tweed Shire Coun­cil­lor War­ren Pol­glase has lodged a no­tice of mo­tion, rec­om­mend­ing coun­cil con­sult the Kingscliff com­mu­nity to change the re­cently-named Cen­tral Park to some­thing more re­flec­tive of its lo­cal­ity.

Cr Pol­glase said Cen­tral Park was se­lected years ago in the plan­ning process but said it needn’t be set in stone.

Af­ter post­ing on so­cial me­dia, he re­ceived a strong re­sponse with some 500 peo­ple putting forth their own sug­ges­tions.

“There’s Cen­tral Parks all over the world,” Cr Pol­glase said.

Al­ter­na­tive names which have so far been sug­gested in­clude ones which pay homage to the Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity, lo­cal sol­diers who have passed away and Kingscliff born-and-bred surf­ing star Stephanie Gil­more.

Cr Ron Cooper said he’d love to see the park named af­ter Ms Gil­more, which would be a nod to the sea­side lo­cal­ity, the town’s youth and the surf­ing star’s achieve­ments as a six-time world cham­pion.

Al­ter­na­tively Cr Cooper said Dream­time Park, a nod to the nearby beach at Fin­gal Head, could also be con­sid­ered.

Kingscliff and Dis­trict Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Mark Humphries said while the cham­ber had no of­fi­cial view on what the park should be named, it could pose a source of con­fu­sion.

“We would like some con­sul­ta­tion with both the com­mu­nity and the busi­ness cham­ber,” Mr Humphries said.

Kingscliff Ratepay­ers and Progress As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Dot Holdom said while she per­son­ally didn’t mind the given name, she sup­ported fur­ther dis­cus­sion and wel­comed the progress of the park so far.

“I’ve al­ways liked the con­cept and I think it’s go­ing to be mind-bog­glingly beau­ti­ful when it’s done,” Mrs Holdom said.

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

NOT FIT­TING: Tweed coun­cil­lor War­ren Pol­glase wants the com­mu­nity to be con­sulted on a name change for the new Kingscliff Cen­tral Park.

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