Council proposes Lismore name change and magpies join police

LISMORE'S had many nicknames, good and bad, such as The Wok, Losermore, Lishole and The Lizard.

However today, on April 1, Lismore City Council has announced Lismore will officially be renamed to one of the more affectionate nicknames - Lovemore.

"Due to strong community opinion over the issue, Council has resolved to hold a plebiscite at the September 2016 local government elections to determine whether the name Lismore is officially changed to 'Lovemore'," they posted on the council Facebook page.

"If the local government referendum returns a 'yes' vote, Council will petition a formal name change with the Geographical Names Board of New South Wales."

Many people reacted to the announcement with a "haha" emoticon, while someone else wrote, "lol, April fools".

Others shared it, but all seemed unconvinced of the message.

Nice try, Lismore City Council.

Meanwhile, members of the New South Wales police force announced the 1st Avian Policing Response and Intelligence Liaison (APRIL).

NSW Police today announced magpies would be recruited on the police force. The project name will be the 1st Avian Policing Response and Intelligence Liaison (APRIL).
NSW Police today announced magpies would be recruited on the police force. The project name will be the 1st Avian Policing Response and Intelligence Liaison (APRIL). NSW Police

This specialised team of magpies would be headed by Inspector Brian Peck.

"When the project was first proposed, I didn't believe it was possible for birds to be part of policing," Inspector Peck said.

"I'm happy to say that in the trials I've seen, the results look promising. They are very capable and adaptable animals - they could be a real asset to the police force."

"The aerial ability of the birds, and their relatively small size, means they can go places that people can't. They are also quieter and less obvious than man-made alternatives such as aircraft or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and aren't subject to flight restrictions."

While these are all true, magpies may need persistent training to break their swooping habits when facing helmeted cyclists.

Particularly now that a cyclist without a helmet will be fined over $300.



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