Josh L. ¦ Writer ¦ Breaking News
With week 11 approaching on the University Calendar, a snide remark from northern beaches boy Jock Greenaway has today led to open debate in The Yard precinct of UOW.
The comment was reportedly levelled toward the Instagram bio of first year Trangie student Tom Boyle’s absent girlfriend Tess Gilford, which reads “Country girl set loose in the big smoke // T.B // Family.”
With an estimated urban population of 295, 842 as of June 2016, Wollongong (aka God’s Country) is New South Wales’ third largest urban centre, argues Tom, and therefore deserving of the title ‘the big smoke.’ Jock, of Sydney’s glistening northern suburbs, is sick of hearing country students refer to Wollongong as a city.
Jock has the support of Dapto local Alice Kenworth, who reportedly noted that “the only big smoke I’ve seen is coming from those towers over at Illawarra Steel Works, and maybe Albion Park Rail Station of a night haha (sic).”
This debate is by no means a new one, with ‘townie’ students of UOW said to be fed up with the Misleading nicknaming of their coastal centre. To settle the matter, The Smoking Duck approached The University’s London born Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings, who put the title to rest.
“Big Smoke?” He quipped, “You’ve got to be kidding me. I love Australia but sometimes you naïve buggers make me laugh.”
More To Come.