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29 December 2014

Naming of Places on Property Policy

Version 2.2

Definitions

Council

means Casey City Council, being a body corporate constituted as a municipal Council under the Local Government Act 1989

Councillors

means the individuals holding the office of a member of Casey City Council

Council officer

means the Chief Executive Officer and staff of Council appointed by the Chief Executive Officer.

Act

Geographic Place Names Act 1998

Guidelines

Guidelines for Geographic Names 2010

Registrar

Registrar for Geographic Names

VICNAMES

Registrar of Geographic Names

Scope 

The Geographic Place Names Act 1998 is the governing Act. The Act established the Registrar of Geographic Names. The powers and functions of the Registrar include the power to keep and maintain VICNAMES, the online Registrar of Geographic Names, and monitor and review compliance with the Guidelines under the Act.

Context

The Guidelines under the Act were revised during 2010 and are mandatory for Naming Authorities, e.g. Councils, in Victoria. Naming Authorities are required, when considering the naming of a place or feature, to comply with the Guidelines. Section 1- Purposes and Principles in the Guidelines contain a number of General Principles that must be used in conjunction with the relevant specific principles relating to localities. The following General Principles (headings) in the Guidelines are: -

  • Principle 1(A) Language
  • Principle 1(B) Recongising the public interest
  • Principle 1(C) Ensuring public safety
  • Principle 1(D) Ensuring names are not duplicated
  • Principle 1(E) Directional names to be avaoided
  • Principle 1(F) Assigning extent to a feature, locality or road
  • Principle 1(G) Linking the name to a place
  • Principle 1(H) Using commemorative names
  • Principle 1(I) Using commercial and business names
  • Principle 1(J) Names must not be discriminatory
  • Principle 1(K) Recongision and use of Indigenous Australian names
  • Principle 1(L) Dual names

Procedures

Review proposals received against the Guidelines. Preliminary investigation should commence with a search of the Geographic Names Register to explore existing place names in the vicinity to reduce the potential for duplication or use of similar names.

Major sources of reference material for documenting proposal are:-

  • Documents and plans held in the City of Casey
  • Local histories and biographies of prominent settlers or residents
  • Historical Societies - Dandenong, Pakenham, Berwick and Cranbourne.

Where the proposal is for a commemorative naming - Details of the life and achievements of the person commemorated to include information such as:

  • Full name, date of birth, date of death, parent's name
  • Occupation and/or education
  • Civil and community achievements; terms of office etc
  • Honours and awards conferred
  • Other material of historical interest

Where the proposal is for an Indigenous naming – See guidelines for detail.

Report to Council outlining proposals with a recommendation for a proposed name which adheres to the Guidelines.

Publish a public notice of Council’s intention to name Place or Property and invite submissions on the proposal. A copy of the Public Notice should be forwarded to authorities as outlined in the Guidelines.

Report to the Council for the appointment of a committee of Council, to hear submissions to the proposal if submitters have requested to be heard in support of their submission.

Forward Committee recommendations to Council for final resolution.

Forward adopted proposal to the Registrar of Geographic Names for registration in the Register.

Place or property is named/renamed (as advised by the Registrar).

Council advises all relevant authorities of the renaming, and those who made submissions.

New place/property name is created in VICNAMES

Consultation

Council should use the public notice provisions of the Local Government Act 1989 by giving public notice of its intention to name a Place or Property and to consider any submissions lodged in response to the public notice under section 223 of the Act.

Administrative updates

It is recognised that, from time to time, circumstances may change leading to the need for minor administrative changes to this document. Where an update does not materially alter this document, such a change may be made administratively. Examples include a change to the name of a Council department, a change to the name of a Federal or State Government department, and a minor update to legislation which does not have a material impact. However, any change or update which materially alters this document must be by resolution of Council.

Review

The next review of this document is scheduled for completion by 31 July 2016.

Disclaimer

Council policy documents change from time to time and it is recommended that you consult the electronic reference copy at www.casey.vic.gov.au/policiesstrategies to ensure that you have the current version. Alternatively you may contact Customer Service on 9705 5200.

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