The City Of Stirling Will Retain Its Name... For Now

Over 100 people attended the council

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Perth’s City of Stirling will retain its name for the moment, the council has decided.

The name came under scrutiny following last year's Black Lives Matter protests as the city’s namesake, Governor James Stirling, was involved in the 1834 Pinjarra massacre, which saw an estimated 15 to 80 Bindjareb Noongar people killed.

More than a hundred people turned out to the council on Tuesday night, with Mayor Mark Irwin preventatively stating that a recess would be called and the councillors would leave the chamber if any inappropriate behaviour arose during the deliberation.

A motion regarding the changing of the city’s name was passed by ratepayers at May’s elector’s meeting, ensuring that it would be a topic of conversation during Tuesday’s council. Ultimately, 10 of the 15 total votes were against amending the city’s name.

Councillor Adam Spagnolo made a point of saying that, while the atrocities were unconscionable, changing the city’s name would cost substantial amounts of money and set a dangerous precedent.

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