Letter to the Editor - October 18: Name changes a waste

COFFS Harbour councillors have gone against the advice of council staff and decided to spend $27,000 changing the name of Coffs Harbour City Library and Woolgoolga Sporting Fields.

In what way do these decisions benefit the community?

Surely the community as a whole would not prioritise these decisions if they were surveyed with a list of a dozen practical options for how such a sum of money could be beneficially spent in the community.

There are always individuals and organisations needing money. Indeed, right beside the Advocate's news item about this council decision was the issue of the Men's Shed's financial plight.

Most people would agree that money spent there, or in similar, socially desirable ways, would have actual benefits.

The council staff is right to say names should be functional. They should not be confusing to the public and should leave no doubt as to what and where something is.

Past contributors to our community can still be honoured in other ways.

John F Gray

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