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Road with same name as terrorist group gets new moniker

A Rural View street may have its name changed due to an unfortunate correlation with the ISIS terrorist organisation, depending on a Mackay Regional Council decision.
A Rural View street may have its name changed due to an unfortunate correlation with the ISIS terrorist organisation, depending on a Mackay Regional Council decision. Lee Constable

UPDATE 10:30am: MACKAY Regional Council has voted to rename Isis Court, in Rural View, after a resident raised concern about the street name.

It will now be called Barkeri Court.

The decision was made unanimously at the infrastructure and services standing committee on Wednesday morning, as Councillor Karen May said "there was some concern around that name in regard to global issues".

"We also contacted developers to ensure to seek their approval about the name change," she said.

Cr May said she was happy to rename the street after the Barker brothers, who were prominent members of the Mackay community.

INITIAL: A RURAL View road with the same name as an international terrorist organisation will likely have its name changed by Mackay Regional Council.

The council's agenda for this morning's 8.30am Infrastructure and Services Standing Committee meeting shows Isis Ct in Rural View will probably be renamed Barkeri Ct.

That's assuming councillors support an officers recommendation for the name Isis Ct - "a name sensitive to today's society" - to be changed

The name 'Barkeri Court' will honour two Mackay men for their "marine life observations".

"In July 2015 GIS received a letter from a Mrs Jeanette Barker from Slade Point. She was requesting to have a street in the Mackay area named Barkeri in honour of her brother in law Paul Barker and her husband, Dave Barker," the document states.

 

In this undated photo released by a militant website (verified and consistent with other AP reporting) ISIS militants hold up their weapons and wave flags on their vehicles in a convoy on a road leading to Iraq. The Islamic State group is notorious for the atrocities it has committed in recent times.
In this undated photo released by a militant website (verified and consistent with other AP reporting) ISIS militants hold up their weapons and wave flags on their vehicles in a convoy on a road leading to Iraq. The Islamic State group is notorious for the atrocities it has committed in recent times. Uncredited

"The name Barkeri is that of a jellyfish called Cyanea Barkeri named by Dr.Lisa-ann Gershwin in honour of the two Barker brothers in 2010.

"Both men, originally from Brisbane moved to Mackay in 1968 and have been calling Mackay home ever since.

"Mrs Barker was advised that this name would be reserved for future use or when the next opportunity arose for a road to be renamed in the region."

Last year, the town of Isis, about 50km south of Bundaberg, was the subject of media reports about its name's correlation with the Isis (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) terrorist organisation.

However, residents weren't phased, saying they were proud of their town and its name, which was reportedly associated with the Egyptian goddess Isis due to its fertile land.


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