As if Boaty McBoatface weren’t enough of a lesson for all levels of government, the Victorian government has decided that it, too, needs to get some public involvement in naming the five new train stations that will exist after the completion of the Melbourne Metro Rail. Although the project, which is set to build a new train line linking Caulfield in the east with Footscray in the west, is not due for completion for 10 years, the government is getting on the front foot (or perhaps just needs an easy PR win), asking for contributions from the public. Melbourne University vice-chancellor Glyn Davis has already suggested that the station that will service the campus be called “University” station, which is very original.

Ms Tips understands that Davis once wanted the whole line to be called the “University line” because it links Monash, Melbourne and Victoria universities. The Herald Sun has had some helpful suggestions, like “Shinboner” for the station on Arden Street in North Melbourne, after the Shinboner spirit the North Melbourne football team is famous for. We are just hoping for “Stationy McStationface” or “Trainy McTrainface” — you know it makes sense.

Peter Fray

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