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Newcastle council reviews Captain Cook plaques in Civic Park

Michael Parris
By Michael Parris
Updated July 29 2020 - 6:44am, first published 6:00am
The Civic Park plaques, installed in 1970, retrospectively named the fountain after Captain Cook four years after it opened.

City of Newcastle will create a policy for reviewing place names and signs which offend indigenous people, including two plaques in Civic Park which proclaim Captain Cook's "discovery" of the east coast in 1770.

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Michael Parris

Michael Parris

Journalist

Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his reporting about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has reported on the 2019 NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.

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