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Road names are critical in directing emergency services and are necessary for mail delivery and road transport. Some road names are an important part of the Shire's historic and cultural heritage.

New road naming and renaming of duplicate named roads is a Council responsibility under the Local Government Act 1989, and must be done in accordance with the Naming rules published by the Office of Geographic Names.

Council cannot name or rename the following roads:

• Roads that are part of a subdivision. The naming of these roads is the responsibility of the developer/property owner.

• Highways or roads that are controlled by State Government or by State authorities such as VicRoads or the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP)

How can you request that a road be named or renamed?

Any person or organisation may request that a road be named or renamed.

To request a name for a road that has no name, or for roads that have the same or similar name please submit your request in writing to the Governance Support Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine 3450 or email info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

A request need not be detailed, but it must include:

• The name and postal address of the person or organisation making the request;
• Enough information to enable the place to be clearly identified including a map; and
• The reasons for the request.

Note that Council is obliged to act on situations that could result in delays to emergency services.

Road naming proposals

Renaming Break Neck Hill Track in Campbells Creek

Council is planning to rename Break Neck Hill Track due to non-compliance under Principle (D) of the Naming rules for places in Victoria. This outlines that in rural areas, names cannot be duplicated within a 30 kilometre radius. Break Neck Hill Track is less a kilometre from Break Neck Hill Road, Yapeen, and is therefore required to be renamed.

There has been a request to rename Breakneck Hill Track to Yulawil Ridge Road. Yulawil means Echidna in the local Dja Dja Wurrung language, and has been proposed due to numerous echidnas leaving in the area.

Any persons who have a familial link to the naming proposal or object to the proposed name have thirty (30) days to notify Council in writing.

All submissions are to be addressed to the Governance Unit by Friday 13 May. Forward feedback to Joshua Handley at info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or PO Box 185, Castlemaine VIC 3450.

Read more about the proposal to rename the Break Neck Hill Track in Campbells Creek.

Unnamed laneway between Bulkeleys Road and Ireland Street in McKenzie Hill

Council has received a request to name an unnamed laneway in McKenzie Hill, between Bulkeleys Road and Ireland Street.

The requestor has asked for the laneway to be named Williamsons Way, after the Williamson family, who have lived in the area since the early 20th century and have made significant contributions to the community over that time.

Any persons who have a familial link to the naming proposal or object to the proposed name have thirty (30) days to notify Council in writing.

All submissions are to be addressed to the Governance Unit by Friday 6 May. Forward feedback to Joshua Handley at info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or PO Box 185, Castlemaine VIC 3450.

Read more about the proposal to name the unnamed laneway between Bulkeleys Road and Ireland Street in McKenzie Hill.

Unnamed laneway off Burgoyne Street in Vaughan

Council has received a request to name an unnamed laneway in Vaughan, off Burgoyne Street.

The requestor has asked for the laneway to be named Hunts Lane, after Mrs Hunt, who lived adjacent to the laneway for more than 30 years.

Any persons who have a familial link to the naming proposal or object to the proposed name have thirty (30) days to notify Council in writing.

All submissions are to be addressed to the Governance Unit by Thursday 18 March. Forward feedback to Tiffany Day at info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or PO Box 185, Castlemaine VIC 3450.

Read more about the proposal to rename the unnamed laneway off Burgoyne Street Vaughan to Hunts Lane.

How to find out more

General information about the principles and policies of the place naming process can be obtained from the Naming rules for places in Victoria, Statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities - 2016 or contact the Registrar of Geographic Names.

Recently named roads

Escott Road, Fryerstown
Watjitigawa Lane, Walmer
Kimber Road, Faraday
Siding Road, Barkers Creek
Galaxia Lane, Guildford

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