E­den wants to ditch na­me for ‘Gar­den Rou­te’

Oudtshoorn Courant - - NEWS - MICHELLE PIENAAR

Six­teen y­e­ars ago E­den Dis­trict Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty chan­ged its na­me from the Gar­den Rou­te/ Klein Ka­roo Dis­trict Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty. E­den Coun­cil is now con­si­de­ring a­not­her na­me chan­ge, this ti­me to the Gar­den Rou­te Dis­trict Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty.

At the meet­ing last Wed­nes­day, E­den Coun­cil de­ci­ded to obtain the in­put from lo­cal B-mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties on the mat­ter and ta­ble the i­tem a­gain for the coun­cil meet­ing in No­vem­ber.

It be­ca­me cle­ar that much de­bate will still ta­ke pla­ce, sin­ce Oudts­hoorn, Hes­se­qua and Kan­na­land are not con­si­de­red part of the Gar­den Rou­te, but rat­her the Klein Ka­roo.

Op­po­si­ti­on par­ties ex­pres­sed their con­cern re­gar­ding the pro­po­sed na­me chan­ge. Coun­cil­lor Vi­r­gill Ge­ric­ke said that alt­hough they are not a­gainst the de­ci­si­on, they are con­cer­ned that the chan­ge may im­pact bu­si­nes­ses fi­nan­ci­al­ly.

To mar­ket E­den in­ter­na­ti­o­nal­ly in the most ef­fi­cient way pos­si­ble is the main in­cen­ti­ve for this re­quest from the of­fi­ce of the ma­yor, Me­mo­ry Booy­sen. Back­ground to the pro­po­sal lis­ted in the a­gen­da re­a­sons that, w­hen one se­ar­ches for ‘Gar­den Rou­te’ on the in­ter­net, a gre­at va­ri­e­ty of in­for­ma­ti­on is a­vai­la­ble. Com­pa­red to this, w­hen one se­ar­ches for ‘E­den’, the in­for­ma­ti­on is very li­mi­ted.

The fi­nan­ci­al im­pli­ca­ti­on on bu­si­ness was no­ted: “S­hould Coun­cil de­ci­de to chan­ge the na­me, it will al­so af­fect sports coun­cils, bu­si­nes­ses, lo­cal or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons and sport as­so­ci­a­ti­ons, es­pe­ci­al­ly tho­se who are na­med in terms of dis­tricts.”

Ap­pro­val from the va­ri­ous lo­cal mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties must still be obtai­ned and a pu­blic par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on pro­cess will fol­low be­fo­re the i­tem ser­ves be­fo­re Coun­cil in No­vem­ber.

DA Coun­cil­lors (from left) are Dan­ny Saay­man (Mos­sel Bay), I­sa­ya S­te­me­la (Ge­or­ge), Ben van Wyk (Oudts­hoorn), T­he­re­sia van Rens­burg (Hes­se­qua), Al­bie Ros­souw (Kan­na­land) and Si­mon O­den­daal (Hes­se­qua).

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