Name change a stinker 

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Name change a stinker

Why does money take precedence over our identity?

Changing the name of Centennial Stadium to Retravision Stadium for a couple of bucks is a disgrace in my books.

Sure, the City of Albany has every right to do it. But how about a bit of transparency around how the decision came to be?

Councillors went behind closed doors at last week’s Ordinary Council Meeting to discuss the matter and vote on a recommendation made by the Centennial Stadium Committee.

If we want to claim to be a true liberal democracy, these kinds of decisions should be heard in the public realm.

We won’t even find out how much the City has sold the naming rights for. How is that fair for a publicly owned facility funded by the taxpayers?

Only one councillor, Chris Thomson, had the guts and substance to try keep big business out of our local assets.

I wonder how Royals and Sharks football clubs feel about it? Are they happy to have their football home named after an appliance chain store? I bet those at Tigerland are pretty happy they didn’t relocate over the road when the opportunity came, because they would have lost complete control over such issues.

I’m sure the money will be put to good use, but at what cost to our local identity? Perth Stadium should have never been renamed Optus Stadium for a quick buck, and neither should Albany’s centrepiece sporting facility.

Chris Newall, Middleton Beach

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