Do you support renaming Marlborough Pl Sapper Moore Jones Pl in honour of a Gallipoli hero?
A central Hamilton street is to be renamed in recognition of an acclaimed Gallipoli hero.
Soldier and renowned artist Sapper Horace Moore-Jones is well known for his Man and the Donkey painting, but he also gave his life saving others from the devastating Hamilton Hotel fire in 1922.
Last night members of Hamilton group, Theatre of the Impossible Trust, were celebrating a Hamilton City Council decision to acknowledge the brave soldier by voting in favour of changing Marlborough Place in the central city to Sapper Moore Jones Pl.
"We are certainly celebrating this momentous occasion," said former Hamilton mayor and Trust member Margaret Evans.
"To have this incredible individual acknowledged in this way is simply wonderful and the overwhelming support for the name change by business and property owners was a credit to the city," she said.
Councillors at yesterday's Statutory Management Committee meeting voted 4-1 in favour of the name change with Maria Westphal the only opposing member, based on concerns raised by the property owners of Marlborough House.
The directors of Kopu Properties Ltd, which owns Marlborough House, raised their concerns in writing stating their property was named after the street and a name change could affect tenancies.
However Trust member Dr Bill McArthur argued that the name change was so significant that it could only have a positive affect on property values long-term.
Mrs Evans said the committee's decision would now go before the full council for rubber-stamping.
"It will not be ratified by council for another six weeks but we have been advised that this has been a decision," she said.
She hoped an appropriate day would be identified to see the name change take place officially - with Armistice or Anzac Day under consideration.
Now the Trust hopes to see a statue of Sapper Moore-Jones erected in the vicinity of the newly named street.
"But council staff insisted we do this step by step and that means a different process for the statue - but it will be next on our agenda," she said.
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