She told 2GB’s Ben Fordham this morning “it would have been rather foolish to do anything else”.
“Most of the people who lived on Ben Boyd Road said no,” she said, “they actually quite like the name of their road.”
A North Sydney council report states residents who “opposed a name change felt very strongly about the issue”.
“Some regarded it as an attempt to ‘rewrite’ history. Given the strength of opinion, a change of name will not necessarily unite or reconcile the community,” it said.
The report added residents in favour of a Ben Boyd Rd rebrand believed it would “remove remnants of racist British colonial rule” from the local landscape.
One local described it as “how very woke”.
Mayor Gibson said the existing plaques at the bottom of Ben Boyd Rd (currently being restored) will remain.
“The road will stay as Ben Boyd Rd,” she told Ben Fordham, “Common sense has prevailed.”