Telethon road name supported

A City of Perth committee has reaffirmed its support for Telethon Avenue to be the name of a main access road within the Perth City Link precinct.

Last night's planning committee recommendation went against advice from the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, which argues Telethon Avenue is inconsistent with the "transit, connections, arrival" theme identified for street names in the Perth City Link public art strategy. The committee does not support the theme and wants further consideration for names that more appropriately recognise the history of the area.

It first endorsed Telethon Avenue for an access road to Kings Square, being built on land owned by Channel 7, in November last year. Last night's recommendation will go before the full City of Perth council meeting on Tuesday.

The redevelopment authority is ultimately responsible for finding suitable names for all of the new roads within the Perth City Link, but will consult the council.

In a nod to Perth's historic central railways precinct, the road names favoured by the MRA include Spike, Locomotive, Crossing and Spur.

The MRA believes hospitals and medical facilities would be more appropriate places for the acknowledgment of Telethon's contribution to the State.

The West Australian

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