We are responsible for naming our assets included roads, parks and other places.
The naming process is governed by our Place Naming Policy and allows us to recognise the history and cultural significance of an area or to honour the contributions of a person or group.
How we name roads
The City of Yarra contains many hundreds of laneways (officially called 'rights-of-way'), ranging in size from no more than a short pedestrian pathway, right through to a well used vehicle thoroughfare with traffic signage and provision for parking. In deciding which ones to name, we have to consider a range of factors.
Naming a right-of-way
Before we decide to name a right-of-way, we first determine whether it needs naming. In most circumstances, naming processes are triggered when a subdivision occurs and new properties are created which will use the right of way as their exclusive access.
In these cases, it can be beneficial for properties to be properly addressed, as this assists with mail, deliveries, emergency services and visitors to those properties. We do not ordinarily support the naming of rights-of-way that continue to serve their original purpose of providing access to the side and rear of properties.
If we decide to name a right of way, we undertake a naming process which involes writing to all neighbouring property owner and occupiers, placing a notice in the newspaper and writing to key stakeholders like any local historical societies and the Wurundjeri Tribe and inviting submissions on the proposed name.
It is our preference to use Woi wurrung (the language spoken by the Wurundjeri people) for place naming, but we will not use an aboriginal name without the express approval of the Wurundjeri Tribe.
How we name parks, buildings, suburbs and other things
While the most common thing we name is a right of way, we do occasionally have the opportunity to name other places and facilities in the municipality. The process for naming these things is customised depending on what we're planning to name, but it's modelled on the process we've designed for road naming.
Current place naming proposals
Naming proposals for the following locations are underway, and submissions closed on 22 March 2019. Council is currently assessing suggestions.
- Two rights of way alongside Garryowen Park Fitzroy
- Two rights of way off Gibdon Street Burnley
- Right of way behind 61-73 Reid Street Fitzroy North
If you would like to make a submission about a future naming process, it would be useful to have a read over this summary of the road naming rules first.
Recent place naming proposals
The following places have been recently named by Council:
- Bagung Lane Princes Hill - a Woi Wurrung word meaning "to gather"
- Barruth Lane Fitzroy North - a Woi Wurrung word meaning "marsupial mouse"
- Brooklyn Terrace Clifton Hill - in recognition of the historic 'Brooklyn' house
- Dyer Street Richmond - in recognition of Jack Dyer Sr OAM
- Kurnagar Lane Richmond - a Woi Wurrung word meaning "top of a hill"
- Mills Boulevard Alphington - in recognition of the former Alphington paper mills
- Montalto Lane in Collingwood - in recognition of Joe Montalto
- Pandolean Lane Richmond - in recognition of John Pandoleon
- Shoemaker Lane - in recognition of a former shoe factory in McKean Street
- Stockade Lane Richmond - in recognition of Peter Lawler
- Tavares Lane Collingwood - in recognition of Antonio Tavares
- Worker Lane Richmond - in recognition of Yarra's long tradition of organised labour
For further information contact Yarra City Council on 9205 5555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.