New name for council?

ROCKHAMPTON region Mayor Brad Carter says now is the right time to come up with a name for the region’s council that “we can all be proud of”.

Yesterday, Cr Carter said after almost three-and-a-half-years of an amalgamated council he wanted to “lead the charge” and hear about ideas for a new name.

“It’s just time. We’ve needed three years to review how well the council is going, (including) things like name changes ... now is the time after three years of history to do an assessment,” Cr Carter said.

He said there was a lack of consultation with the community in choosing the current name and he wanted to hear from residents whether there should be a competition or consultation to choose a new one.

But he denied he had a name in mind.

“I don’t have one. I’d be sympathetic to something that reflects an indigenous reference.”

Cr Carter said the name of Rockhampton had its advantages mostly because it was an easily searchable geographic location.

He said he did not think the cost of changing the name would be “massive”.

“There would be a cost in terms of printing and stationery but I’m not sure it’s a massive cost.”

Cr Bill Ludwig, who has said amalgamation was a “massive blunder,” said while people might welcome a debate on a name change, there were more important issues to discuss.

“It’s probably something that should have been reconsidered at the start of the term (of the amalgamated council),” he said. “It was never an inclusive name.”

Cr Ludwig said before amalgamation, the four councils of Livingstone Shire, Fitzroy Shire, Mt Morgan Shire and Rockhampton City could not agree on a name. He said a more important debate was on the merits of amalgamation itself.



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