Backlash over call to remove former mayor’s name from Inglewood facility

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A COUNCILLOR’S move to strip names from City of Stirling leisure centres was withdrawn after criticism from ratepayers.

Cr Suzanne Migdale said the intent of her motion submitted at the March 26 meeting was misrepresented.

She had sought a report on the marketing benefits and financial implications of applying the Stirling Leisure Centre branding across all centres by June 2021, which would affect Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre in Inglewood, Leisurepark Balga and Herb Graham Recreation Centre in Mirrabooka.

Cr Migdale’s reason was that the branding was inconsistent across the City’s seven leisure centres so it did not receive “due recognition” for providing the facilities.

Dianella resident Paul Collins used public question time to ask if the City’s role was to receive recognition or provide a service and Mayor Mark Irwin answered it was both.

Several residents objected to the motion and noted former mayor and councillor Terry Tyzack had served on council for nearly 40 years.

Former Stirling mayor and councillor Terry Tyzack.

 

Cr Migdale withdrew the motion and gave notice of another requesting the City of Stirling investigate how the City’s facilities appear on online search engines and ensure consistency.

She said there were service location issues across search engines and wanted to ensure “consistent and correct information” delivered to residents.

Councillors have previously made similar calls to remove Mr Tyzack’s name from the centre, with the most recent ahead of the 2017 local government elections.

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