As Wyndham continues to grow, it's important that the names of our roads, local parks, open spaces and infrastructure represent our local community.
Our Draft Geographic Naming Policy 2023 has recently been updated in line with amended State Government naming rules and provides clear direction to guide naming in our City.
The Policy also aims to provide a consistent approach to
geographic naming requests within Wyndham and to ensure
that all Wyndham features, localities and roads are appropriately named. Appropriate
naming is important to make sure locations are easy to identify for managing emergencies and
delivering goods and services.
The Policy also ensures that meaningful community engagement is undertaken when selecting proposed names to seek community feedback.
Names should have a link to place to ensure the preservation of Wyndham’s cultural heritage. Place names should be relevant to the local area. Names that link the name to the place could relate to Traditional Owner culture, local flora and fauna, Australian war contributions, past exploration and settlement, local geography and geology, significant events, the cultural diversity of past and current inhabitants, or patterns of land usage and industrial/mineral/agricultural production.
Traditional Owner languages are often based on location; languages are deeply rooted to the land and offer an ideal opportunity to connect a name to a place. The use of Traditional Owner languages enables the wider community to be educated about Traditional Owner history and shared culture.
The use of Traditional Owner languages in the naming of roads, features and localities is subject to agreement from the relevant Traditional Owner group(s).
Council will recognise the diversity of our community and ensure we are inclusive of all communities regardless of gender or race.
When developing a naming proposal consideration should be given to gender equality.
Gender equality is when people of all genders have equal rights, responsibilities, and opportunities.
As required by the Gender Equality Act 2020 the naming rules and this policy support commemorative naming of places after women.
Naming often commemorates an event, person or place.
If named after a person, that person should be or have been held in strong regard by the community. When deciding on the assignment of a commemorative name, Council should consider:
For example, a family that has been associated with an area for at least 25 years.
The names of people who are still alive must be avoided because community attitudes and opinions can change over time.
Commemorative names of a deceased person should be applied no less than two years posthumously. If Council wishes to name within two years, it is required to seek an exemption from the Registrar.
How to get involved
We want you to tell us your thoughts on our Draft Geographic Naming Policy 2023. Your feedback will help finalise the Draft Policy before it is presented to Council.
Feedback closed on Thursday 20 April.