Name change gets green light

By Ashlea Witoslawski

Memorial Place will become a new feature on the map of Tatura, with unanimous support given to the cause at last Tuesday’s ordinary council meeting.

Flanagan Place — home to Mactier Gardens and the Tatura Seniors Citizen’s Centre — will soon be known as ‘‘Memorial Place’’ to avoid confusion with nearby Flanagan Dve also located in Tatura.

The potential change was brought to council’s attention after a letter was received from the Tatura Senior Citizens Club requesting the rename.

The greatest issue raised was the confusion faced by emergency service personnel ending up in the wrong place.

Tatura Senior Citizens Club president Veronica Dowell was pleased to hear the council had agreed to the change.

Mrs Dowell said the name change was discussed with members of the Tatura RSL and Tatura Community Plan Committee and selected to acknowledge the significance of the memorials at Mactier Gardens.

‘‘Between the three of us we realised there was a problem,’’ Ms Dowell said.

‘‘It’s an important area for the town and it is a memorial place for all those who have fought for our country.

‘‘I’m very grateful that the council has agreed to change the sign.’’

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Kim O’Keeffe said council saw the name change as a great opportunity to avoid further confusion.

‘‘I’d like to thank the Tatura Senior Citizens for bringing this to our attention,’’ Cr O’Keeffe said.

‘‘The citizens were in contact with the Flanagan family and they support the name change.

‘‘Anything that makes our emergency service responders’ job easier is a positive move.’’

Cr O’Keeffe said the change would happen soon, however, no exact timeframe had been confirmed.

‘‘It’s an easy one to get moving fairly quickly,’’ she said.