Inverleigh Play Space Naming
Vote for your preferred name for the Inverleigh Play Space located at 1 East Street, Inverleigh.
In late 2018, the Inverleigh community were successful in obtaining grant funding through the Victorian Government’s Pick My Project initiative to provide a new multi-age play space for the Inverleigh community at 1 East Street, which opened in early 2020. To assist with locating and marketing the new play space and surrounding land, the community requested to formally name the parcel of land containing it “Inverleigh River Park”.
Council followed the procedures for feature naming in the Naming rules for places in Victoria – Statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities 2016 to proceed with the community request, however the Registrar for Geographic Names rejected the name for non-compliance. This was due to:
- The name contains two feature type descriptions in the name, “river and park”;
- The name incorrectly refers to Inverleigh River in the name, when the waterway adjoining the park is named Leigh Creek; and
- The proposed name does not fully meet Principle C Linking the name to place, in the Naming Rules and has the potential to cause confusion.
Council understands the Inverleigh community’s disappointment that its preferred name was rejected. Following the rejection, Council worked with and supported the community to appeal against the Geographic Names Registrar’s decision, however, this was also rejected in July 2020. The Geographic Names Registrar has now suggested a public vote on four alternate and compliant names.
How you can be involved
Based on the recommendation of the Registrar for Geographic Names, Council is now asking the local community to participte in a vote to determine the name for the Inverleigh Play Space. The names to be considered in the vote are:
- Leigh River Park
- Inverleigh Community Park
- Inverleigh Play Park; and
- Yerram Yaluk Bun (Translation: bank of the morning river)
Votes may be cast by completing the online voting form, downloading a copy of the form or by requesting a hardcopy of the form from Council’s Customer Service Centres.
Please cast your vote by 5pm Friday, 29 January 2021. All votes will be counted, the name with the majority of votes will become the official name of the feature subject to Council approval. Please note only one vote per household will be permitted.
If you wish to object to the name(s) please do so by making comment on the form provided. You must explain why you do not support the name(s).
All submissions must be received by 5pm on Friday, 29 January 2021.
A person may also request in their submission to be heard in support of their submission and/or to nominate a representative to present their submission to the Council meeting on Tuesday 23 February 2021, if they wish to do so.
Any person making a written submission is advised all submissions and personal information in the submission will be handled by Council in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014.
What Happens Next
At the conclusion of the vote, the name with the majority of votes will become the official name of the feature, subject to Council approval.
Wednesday 16 December 2020 - Voting opens
Friday 29 January 2021 - Voting closes
Tuesday 23 February - Council to hear any submissions
March 2021 - Council to consider the final name
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