Branding backflip

STIRLING councillor Suzanne Migdale has backflipped on her push to remove individuals’ names, including that of former mayor Terry Tyzack, from the city’s aquatic centres.

Following the presentation of a 137-signature petition against the proposal at last Tuesday’s council meeting, Cr Migdale withdrew a rebranding motion.

However she then lodged an alternative motion calling on staff to investigate how Stirling’s leisure centres appear in online searches, and “ensure consistency for the city’s brand and users.”

Mr Tyzack, now retired, is a former Stirling mayor and was the longest serving councillor in the city with more than 35 years under his belt.

Cr Migdale originally wanted individual names removed from external signage and marketing of all Stirling’s leisure centres, claiming it wasn’t consistent and hindered marketing.

But Cr Elizabeth Re said the petition showed the plan was seen as disrespectful.

Neither Cr Migdale nor Mr Tyzack would comment.

It is the third time he has faced calls from councillors to have his name removed from the Inglewood aquatic centre named in his honour.

The alternative Google motion 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.

“We, the undersigned, are extremely disappointed that the new Councillor Suzanne Migdale has called for the removal of Mr Tyzack’s name, noting this issue has been settled previously by Council on more than one occasion.

Mr Tyzack is the City of Stirling’s longest serving Councillor, serving for more than 35 years.

The aquatic centre bearing his name fittingly overlooks Yokine Reserve which Mr Tyzack successfully led to the creation of by leading a campaign to close the rubbish tip on the land.”

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