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CITY OF PERTH LORD MAYOR LISA SCAFFIDI
PICKS FIVE INSPIRATIONAL PEOPLE SHE WOULD
DINE WITH FOR GOOD CONVERSATION AND
TIPS ON HER ROLE HEADING INTO 2011
Princess Diana A woman who inspired me
immensely and whom I still think of often, from her
caring nature to her sexy style, enviable wardrobe,
and ability to do such wonderful work and connect so
easily with such a wide range of people.
Kerry Stokes A West Australian who has
achieved so much. I would like to seek his advice
on how we can achieve what we want for Perth right
now. I admire this man and would like to hear his
views on life, Australia and Perth.
Richard Daly Jr The famous Mayor of
Chicago. He has presided over the modernisation of
the Chicago Transit Authority, the mayoral takeover
of Chicago Public Schools and construction of
Millennium Park. I think I could learn a thing or two!
Julia Gillard Our first female Prime
Minister. As a woman in public office I wouldn’t
mind a conversation with her. Plus, I’d like the
opportunity to ascertain my own views on her focus
and interest in Perth and Western Australia.
Bill Clinton A charismatic world leader who
has the rare but wonderful mix of intelligence, great
leadership and capital ‘P’ personality! I would like to
explore his view on public life and whether he would
do things differently if he could do it all over again.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Can we really make the swap from Subiaco Oval
to Patersons Stadium? Asks Rick Murphy
For hire: naming rights to iconic Wester n Australian sporting ar ena. Guaranteed media
package. Includes cor porate boxes complete with security and sous chefs. Two parking bays.
Shared bathroom. Bar fridge. BYO signage.
It could have been worse. It could have been Crazy John’s Stadium. In 2003,
the giant mobile phone retailer bid for naming rights to Subiaco Oval and
dumped a truckful of cash at the door of the WA Football Commission. Much
wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth ensued as the commission tried to
convince a disbelieving public: “Come on – just try it on for size – ‘Craaaazy
John’s Stadium!’ Got quite a ring to it, don’t you think?” The City of Subiaco,
sensing a riot and a sharp drop in property values, scuttled the plan.
Two years on, another plot was hatched to rename the ground ‘Anzac Field’.
The idea had tacit approval from the AFL (no surprise) and the RSL (big
surprise). In the end it fell through when the then-Minister for Veterans Affairs,
Deanne Kelly, said she couldn’t justify the name change to sur viving diggers.
After many false starts, the dream has finally become reality. Subiaco Oval
will now be named Patersons Stadium, in honour of the great Australian poet
Banjo Paterson... hang on a minute... (cough, splutter, cough). Subiaco Oval
will now be named Patersons Stadium, in honour of a stockbroking firm. The
WA Football Commission has accepted what is believed to be $3.5 million over
four years to change the name of the crumbling Colosseum. The money will help
fund grass-roots development of our national game, yet not everyone is happy.
As the deal was made official in October, Subiaco Council gathered its
wag ons in a circle, calling the move “offensive” and “short-sighted”. The
council explained that the commission paid no rent for using the ground,
and often left the place looking like a teenager’s bedroom. The football
commission said ‘Liar, liar, pants on fire’ and scurried to the bank. The State
Government has threatened to demolish the ground to build a swanky new
stadium, although medical professionals warn ag ainst holding your breath.
Meanwhile, the WA Football Commission wants us to play ball. “We can’t
force the public to refer to the name Patersons,” commission chief executive
Wayne Bradshaw said in October. “However, over time we believe the name
will be entrenched... it’s Patersons Stadium from today onwards”. So there!
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