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Controversial Light Rail name: ‘What a complete and utter joke!’

A storm of controversy has swept over the naming of a Light Rail stop in Sydney’s east.

The stop at Randwick is set to be named “Royal Randwick”.

Gladys Berejiklian says the Government is standing by their decision, “the government’s position is we think that stop should be called Royal Randwick,” said the Premier.

But the Greens have come out raging, saying the name is far too controversial and are instead pushing for “Centennial Park” to pay respect to fig trees removed to build the line.

“They’ve been running incense and [are] still in grief,” says Chris Smith.

“What a complete and utter joke.”

Chris speaks with Narelle Underwood, Surveyor General of NSW and Chair of the NSW Geographical Naming Board.

She tells Chris the decision to name the stop “hasn’t been decided yet” but says the petition has nothing to do with honouring fig trees.

“I’m not quite sure where that information came from.”

Ms Underwood puts it down to a clause in the naming policy which says a commercial or business name can’t be used for a geographical feature, such as a rail station.

Despite Light Rail stops The Star, Fish Markets and Paddy’s Market marking their respective businesses, Ms Underwood says they weren’t “officially assigned”.

“What do you think of that bunkum!” says Chris.

Listen to the full interview below 

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