Choosing names is secret business



TWEED Shire Council's new administrators are living up to the council's long held tradition of keeping top secret and sensitive matters behind closed doors.

A dozen items are listed on the confidential agenda for today's meeting.

Many relate to confidential tenders for public works, but one stands out as a matter of potentially huge public interest: the official naming of a new reservoir at West Pottsville.

While no details have been leaked, it is understood the reservoir would be the first of 34 in the shire which, if the administrators so choose, would be named after a person rather than its location.

Engineering chief Mike Rayner yesterday defended the topsecret classification of the matter because naming a facility, be it a bridge, street or water tank would involve discussion of a person's merit.

Many facilities are currently named after their location, such as the shire's three water treatment plants and two weirs while 17 water pumping stations and 170 sewage pumping stations are numbered.

But couldn't naming them open up possibilities?

Perhaps there is a water tank, bridge, culvert, footpath or pothole near you without a name. Send your thoughts to letters@tweednews.com.au or write to PO Box 3663 South Tweed Heads 2486.



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