Name change at crossroads
BULLY readers were queuing up yesterday to have their say on Mayor Brad Carter's assertion that it's time to re-name Rockhampton Regional Council.
Some of those who commented on the newspaper's website made sensible, constructive suggestions about what the new name should be.
Most, indeed, thought it was a costly way to appease those at the Capricorn Coast who have signed the petition calling for the amalgamated entity to be dissolved.
But a few, myself included, have used it as an opportunity to come up with names that sum up their opinion of either the region in general or the council that serves it.
A Yeppoon reader called GeeTee suggests Blackwater by the Sea Shire Council to reflect the peripatetic miner population, while Jullip puts forward Impossible Regional Council because it is nearly impossible to get to on the Bruce Highway.
If there is any consensus it is that the new authority should have been called Capricorn (or Capricornia) Regional Council in the first place.
Trumby from Ironpot proposes Council of Total and Utter Failure.
Personally I think we could pay tribute to our retiring state member of long-standing by changing the name to Schwartonia Regional Council although I accept for LNP supporters this would be a divisive provocation.
So I've come up with a few possibilities.
With reference to the historical importance of cattle farming to all parts of our region, how about Load of Bull Regional Council?
Or to hint at the periodic problems caused by a surfeit of rainfall, Cutoffagain Regional Council?
Then again as the mayor has been accused of complaining too vigorously about the lack of investment in the region by Canberra, wouldn't Whataboutus Regional Council be more appropriate?
And this just in from a number of residents currently involved in legal disputes with the authority – Seeyouincourt Regional Council.