Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Commemoration should be key to name changes, says authority

Commemoration should be key to name changes, says authority - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)







Posted Tue 1 Apr 2014, 7:18am AEDT

The body responsible for assigning place names says commemoration should be at the heart of any name changes in Broken Hill.
The Geographical Names Board of New South Wales says it's changing policies to bring in community-driven labelling of streets and places.
It comes after the wife of the late Broken Hill artist Pro Hart backed suggestions for public recognition for her husband.
The Board's deputy chairman Paul Harcombe says people should work with the council if they want to change a place name after famous former residents.
"Commemorative naming is a very important theme," he said.
"We think that a very large number of all our street names and place names are named after famous people or persons or events. It's a very common practice and it's a practice the board encourages.
"I know the discussion in Broken Hill was around Broken Hill's most famous sons in Pro Hart and Chips Rafferty."