The small town of Westbury in Tasmania is considering changing the name of its cricket ground to the Donald J Trump park in a gesture of friendship toward the US president-elect.
Councillor John Temple suggested the name change at a Meander Valley council meeting this week, noting that Trump was “likely to be the greatest agent of change this century”.
Despite the chortles of his fellow councillors, Temple assured Guardian Australia it was a genuine suggestion.
He cited the importance of the Australia’s military alliance with the US and the relative exposure of Tasmania as an island, should anyone decide to attack.
“It is in our best interests to extend the hand of friendship to the newpresident of the United States, who is not a politician and will likely come at things from a different perspective,” he said.
The response, Temple said, had been mixed.
“The personal conversations I have had have all been positive,” he said. “I have seen things on Facebook calling me an idiot.”
Temple said he suggested the cricket ground not because he believed Trump had any great affection for the sport, but because the oval, known for the giant stumps that serve as a gate to the grounds, happens to be opposite his workplace.
There is precedent for renaming sporting areas in the Meander Valley council area, shire president Craig Perkins said. The Deloraine football ground changed its name to the Bendigo Bank football stadium after a particularly lucrative sponsorship deal.
“Maybe if he [Trump] wanted to throw some dollars at the cricket club they would agree to change the name,” he said.
Perkins said he had assumed Temple was joking and did not intend to pursue the suggestion, saying: “I would be surprised if that actually came to fruition.”
Credit: The Guardian