What's in a name?

DESPITE its name being inseparable with the decades-long debate about the potential location of Sydney's second airport, Liverpool Council is planning to rename part of Badgerys Creek.

At their meeting last week the council debated changing the 1700 hectares of land that the government bought for the airport nearly 30 years ago to a name which would include the word Liverpool.

Names suggested by the council's street naming committee included: West Liverpool, Greater Liverpool, Liverpool Junction, Liverpool Heights, Liverpool Park, Liverpool West, Liverpool Valley and Liverpool Aerodrome.

Councillor Anne Stanley said it would be confusing to include the word Liverpool in the name of a suburb more than 40 kilometres away from its city centre.

"It would create a lot of problems for ambulance drivers and police when they are looking for an address and would probably not be approved by the Geographical Names Board," Cr Stanley said.

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun said he did not agree the potential names could cause confusion and that it was important to brand the area, which is almost completely contained in the council's local government area.

"We're not proposing to name the airport; that will be done later," Cr Mannoun said.

"But Badgerys Creek is set to be broken up into many suburbs and the federal government land will have its own suburb.

"We can't risk the benefits that will come from this airport going to other areas.

"We will get local school children to choose the name by vote, because the airport will benefit them the most."


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