A MOVE to have a northern section of Wanneroo Road renamed Indian Ocean Drive has been quashed by Wanneroo Council.
At the council meeting on Tuesday, Mayor Jon Kelly said renaming the road would be a “futile and worthless exercise that was tantamount to heresy”.
“We have spent more than 10 years promoting the Wanneroo brand and if you wanted a single icon that needs protecting, it’s Wanneroo Road,” he said.
“The only way to get the infrastructure that we need is to keep the brand Wanneroo.
“Wanneroo Road is the single most significant landmark that identifies us and I oppose this motion with extreme prejudice.”
Cr Laura Gray put forward the proposal to have the portion of road from the intersection of Yanchep Beach Road north to the intersection of Gingin Brook Road renamed.
This was after the Geographic Names Committee wrote to the City requesting the change on behalf of the Shire of Gingin.
Cr Gray said there was no identifiable “north” end of Wanneroo Road and making a definitive end at Yanchep National Park would be good for tourism. The City’s tourism working group also supported the proposal.
“The City of Wanneroo has an excellent opportunity to promote the entrance into the City from the north,” she said.
Cr Dianne Guise also supported the proposal because the tourist opportunities from the name change were enormous.
“We would be re-badging ourselves at Yanchep and it would acknowledge that we are the gateway to that north sector,” she said.
Cr Glynis Monks said to rename the road would be “offensive to the pioneers” of Wanneroo.
Wanneroo Road had historical significance from the “start to the finish”.
Cr Dot Newton said the City could still capitalise on the opportunities of Indian Ocean Drive because Wanneroo Road led into it.
“We do not want to lose the word Wanneroo on what is our only main road in the City,” she said. The council passed an alternative proposal affirming that council “does not agree” to the renaming of the road.