Kennedy golf course’s name is a ‘tasteless insult’
Posted May 18, 2018 04:22:11 A name for a golf course in Queensland’s north is a tasteless insult to its history, writes the ABC’s John Brumby.
Key points:A golf course named after former US president John F Kennedy was closed by the Queensland Government in 2015The name is being considered for the Sunshine Coast areaThe name was once considered a tribute to a US president but it is being investigated over its “tasteful insult”The name of a golf club in Queensland has been called a “tasteeless insult” by a senior Queensland Government figure after a proposal to rename the course was approved by the legislature.
Key Points:A proposed golf course name is to be submitted to the Queensland CabinetThe name has been deemed a “sensational name” and is being looked at for inclusion in the Sunshine coast areaThe proposed name is also being considered by the state’s Department of Infrastructure and Regional DevelopmentThe name, “Kennedy Golf Course” was first proposed in 2015 by former US President John F. Kennedy, but was closed in 2016.
The name became controversial when a group of locals raised concerns that the name was offensive to the Kennedy family.
The proposed term was met with opposition, with a former prime minister of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, saying the name “does not reflect the people of Queensland”.
“The term is a taster of a very insensitive name that we’re going to have to address in the name of reconciliation and the reopening of the Kennedy Golf Course,” Ms Palaszyczuk told reporters.
“That’s where the real healing and healing is going to happen.”
Ms Palaszyk’s comments came in response to a request from the Kennedy golf club to have the name reconsidered.
“I can confirm that the Kennedy Club is exploring a number of names for the course,” a spokeswoman for the Kennedy said in a statement.
“The Kennedy Club will have a say in the final name.”
“The club is seeking feedback from the community on the name, as well as any other relevant issues relating to the name.”
The proposed “Kennedy Golf” will be a five-hole course in the North Queensland city of Brisbane, along the North-West Coast Highway.
It will be managed by a subsidiary of US firm Dune Golfing, which has been involved in golf courses in Florida, Texas, Georgia and South Carolina.
The Dune name was a reference to the famous actor, actor, director and comedian William Shatner, who played a character named “Jack Kennedy”.
“Jack Kennedy” was a nickname for Mr Shatners son Jack Kennedy, who was a major character in the Star Trek television series.
The club will hold a “reopening” ceremony in July and a new name for the site is being submitted to Queensland’s Government.
“We will now consider the names and get the final word on them,” a spokesperson for the State Government said.
“If any names have been submitted by members of the public, we will forward them to the Government to make them final.”
“Kennys name is tasteless in the extreme and it is an insult to the history of the name and all of the people who have contributed to the course’s success.”
The golf course has also been called an “insult to the people”.
“We do not have any plans to change the name,” the spokeswoman said.
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