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'GREAT EASTERN HIGHWAY'

'Premature/' Says R.A.C. President

The view that the suggested adoption of the name of 'Great Eastern High way' as a term to describe the road which now leads from Perth through Belmont. to Midland Junction,- was pre mature, was advanced today by the pre sident of the Royal Automobile Club

(Mr. J. R. W. Gardam). 'So long as\ that name describes the road, which runs directly to tho east, I do not see much against the proposal,' he said. 'The choice of such a high sounding name may be a tribute to civic pride, but I think the suggested altera tion is premature, particularly in view of the proposed alteration in the railway gauge. For all we know, the change of gauge may take a different route from the existing line, which leads to the Eastern States. Traffic, of course, would follow the altered route. I think, there fore, that it would be better to wait until it is known what route the altered lino will take.' The suggested alteration of - the name of Ascot-road, so as to make it portion of the 'Great Eastern Highway,' was to be considered by today's meeting of the Perth City Council. , PECULIAR POSITION A peculiar position has arisen in con nection with the proposal to alter the name of various roads and merge them in portion of what is hoped to be known as the 'Groat Eastern Highway.' Ori ginally, local governing bodies whose territories were concerned in the pro posal, were asked to agree to an altera tion of the uarne- of the old Guildfoni road to that, of 'Great Eastern High way.' That proposal found favor witl» most bodies concerned, although the Guildford Council, for sentimental rei sons, announced its objection to any pro posal to change - the names of 'its olf! roads. Opinion from the Main Roads Depart ment was lhat what is knowu as the Belmqnt-road should have the more high funding title. While negotiations were in progress, some residents along thp Belmont-road settled the matter for themselves, and their premises were dn scribed as being on the 'Great Eastern Highway.' It would bo nice to win some of the £9000 prize money in the No. 21 Chari ties Consultation. The drawing will take plac'p on December 4, in good tirn.; for the purchase nf Christmas presents. Tic kets are 2s Ud e'uclu

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