New threat to centre naming

FORMER Stirling mayor Terry Tyzack faces having his name scrubbed off signage outside an Inglewood aquatic centre named in his honour.

Stirling councillor Suzanne Migdale has called for individual names to be removed from the external signage and marketing of all Stirling’s leisure centres so they can be branded according to their suburb.

She says the current hodgepodge of names makes it hard to advertise the centres consistently and the city doesn’t get the appropriate plaudits for providing them.

“Appropriate recognition of the people after whom some of the Stirling leisure centres have been named should be applied within the centre, but not part of the external branding or marketing of the centre,” Cr Migdale wrote in a notice of motion to the last full council meeting.

If she’s successful, the renaming would also affect the Herb Graham Recreation Centre in Mirrabooka, named after a former WA deputy premier and housing minister in the Hawke government.

Mr Graham died in 1982, but Mr Tyzack is well and truly alive and kicking.

He declined to comment, but when his name was temporarily detached from the centre during a pre-election stoush in 2009, his daughter Fiona Hogan described it as “offensive and insulting”.

The naming was reinstated a week after the election, but two years ago Mr Tyzack’s legacy faced another pre-election challenge.

He was seeking another term in Inglewood when councillor Stephanie Proud complained that council adverts for the aquatic centre were giving him an unfair advantage.

She wanted a moratorium on councillors’ names appearing in ads until after local government elections, but her motion was voted down.

Cr Migdale didn’t respond to questions. He rebranding motion will be considered at next month’s council meeting.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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