Names on plaques ‘pompous’

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

TOWN of Cam­bridge deputy mayor Pauline O’Con­nor de­clared names on com­mem­o­rate plaques “ut­terly pompous”.

Coun­cil­lor An­dres Tim­mer­ma­nis moved a mo­tion at the Coun­cil’s Au­gust meet­ing for the Town to pre­pare a pol­icy about com­mem­o­rate plaques af­fixed to its fa­cil­i­ties, in what could have been a WA first for a lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

The pol­icy would have spec­i­fied whose names would ap­pear on a plaque, in­clud­ing the Mayor, se­nior State and-or Fed­eral politi­cians present at an open­ing and the ar­chi­tect or builder.

Coun­cil­lors de­bated for and against a pol­icy, with coun­cil­lor Louis Carr speak­ing in favour of one, shar­ing an anec­dote about his grand­fa­ther and for­mer La­bor ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter who helped build high schools in Perth.

Cr Rod Bradley said plaques of­fered his­tory and con­text to the build­ing they were at­tached to.

Cr O’Con­nor was against the mo­tion. “I think names on plaques are to­tally, ut­terly pompous,” she said. The mo­tion was lost.

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