Alderman Nigel Jones said the proposal was put forward by council staff to a council meeting on Monday without first seeking the support of Mr Bacon's widow, Honey Bacon
said extraordinarily there had been no public consultation over naming the Devines Rd reserve -- which includes a recreation trail -- and is near Springfield Gardens Primary School. Ald Jones, who is a member of the ALP and voted in support of the naming, said he believed public consultation occurred before the various rooms in the Glenorchy Civic Centre were named after prominent people. He
did not dispute Jim and Honey Bacon
had a close association with the development of the reserve.
...Glenorchy Mayor Terry Martin said the decision not to ask Mrs Bacon before the item was considered by council as a "chicken and egg" situation as the council may not have supported the naming.
"We thought hard about this [whether to approach Mrs Bacon
confirmed Mrs Bacon
was told of the proposal, supported unanimously by the meeting, yesterday and it is understood she
supports the naming.
Ald Martin said he
believed the only consultation the council did before naming the rooms in the civic centre was to ask aldermen to put forward names. He
said there were plenty of precedents where the council had not consulted on such decisions, including the naming of the main grandstand at KGV Oval after Bob Beakley and Merv Cresswell at the request of Glenorchy Football Club
said the naming proposal came from a council staff member, and both Mr and Mrs Bacon
had had a very close association with the development of the reserve.
Ald Martin, who was close to Mr Bacon
said: "I can't think of a better tribute for Jim -- I am sure he
would be delighted."