Have your say on the unnamed pedestrian thoroughfare that connects Forest Grove to Essex Street, Epping.

Council is currently undertaking community consultation on the proposed names for an existing pedestrian thoroughfare that connects Forest Grove to Essex Street, Epping. Council would like to make sure that the proposed names reflect current community values, prior to recommending a single name for Council endorsement and gazettal.

Council has worked with the NSW Geographical Names Board (GNB), ensuring the proposed names adhere to guidelines set out in Council's Road Naming Policy (no. 283) and the NSW Address Policy and User Manual (May 2021), including that they do not sound similar to other place names within a 10km radius of the site. The GNB also encourages the creation of distinctive place names that reflect the local heritage of the area and are memorable for residents and the wider community.

Please refer to the map below to see where the pedestrian way is located.

Map of proposed pedestrian way

Map identifying the location of the unnamed pedestrian way connecting Forest Grove and Essex Street, Epping.

We have worked with the NSW Geographical Names Board (GNB) and other key stakeholders to identify proposed names that meet a number of requirements, including that names reflect the heritage of an area

Click on each of the below names to learn more about why they have been proposed, and then scroll down the page to find out how you can HAVE YOUR SAY!

In acknowledgement of builder David Abel (d. 8 November 1941) who lived on Essex Street, Epping and was an Epping Forest Park Trustee. He owned and subdivided his property which is in the subject area.

Based on the Hammond Estate subdivision whereby ‘fruit trees’ is written across the lots to be sold. This is also a reference to the neighbouring nurseries in the area in particular a reference to Epping’s first nursery established by M.F. Vollmer and later business partner C. E. Vessey’s nursery before they moved to Eastwood to establish Mount Tomah.

Have your say

Council is now inviting the community's feedback on the proposed names. Feedback can be submitted during the exhibition period using the online submission form below, or may also be sent via email or by post.

Have your say before 5pm on Wednesday 22 September 2021.

If you need assistance preparing a submission, or you would you like information in another language or format, please contact the Place Services Team via 1300 617 058 or placeservices@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au.

If you would like to speak to someone over the phone in another language, call TIS National on 131 450 for a free interpreting service. Let them know you want to speak to City of Parramatta Council and your chosen language and they will connect you.



Other ways to make a submission:

Email:

Written comments can be emailed to placeservices@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

Subject: Feedback on the proposed laneway name in Epping

Post:

City of Parramatta Council

Attention: Place Services Team

Subject: Feedback on the proposed laneway name in Epping

PO Box 32, Parramatta NSW 2124

Please ensure that you clearly state your full name, contact details and address.

Frequently asked questions

The proposed names were prepared in accordance with Council's Road Naming Policy (no. 283) and the NSW Address Policy and User Manual (May 2021) developed by NSW Geographical Names Board (GNB).

The NSW Geographical Names Board policy ensures that road, street, lane and open space names are broadly acceptable to the community and meet current norms and standards.

The NSW Geographical Names Board encourages place names that reflect the heritage, cultures and identity of a site which makes the place distinctive and memorable for residents and the wider community. As per the NSW Geographical Names Board process, research has been undertaken to identify significant stories and histories of the area.

Please click on each of the names on the main section of this page for a better understanding of the context behind the names that have been proposed.

As per the NSW Geographical Names Board's NSW Address Policy and User Manual (May 2021), Council has undertaken preliminary consultation.

The proposed names have been given preliminary suitability by the NSW Geographical Names Board, with Council now undertaking broader community consultation to seek feedback.

The NSW Geographical Names Board has a number of criteria and rules in place, which make it difficult for some name submissions to be effective. For example, name suggestions must be as site specific and contextually accurate as possible, not have duplicates within a 10km radius and must also meet emergency services, postal and navigation requirements.

The Geographical Names Board of NSW ‘NSW Address Policy and User Manual’ (May 2021) outlines the guidelines for naming roads. The guidelines can be accessed at www.gnb.nsw.gov.au. In summary, proposed names should be:

  • Road names shall not be offensive, racist, derogatory or demeaning (refer to NSW Anti-Discrimination legislation).
  • Road names shall not be misspelt. In particular, the spelling of personal names shall be able to be validated by reference to primary sources.
  • Commercial and business names shall not be used, particularly where the name can be construed to be promoting the business. However, business names no longer in use and which promote the heritage of an area are acceptable.
  • Road types shall not be used in the formation of a road name, for example Promenade Road, Court Street etc. even if the road type is also a surname.
  • Only one name shall be used for commemorative naming e.g. a given name or surname.

Council will review the community feedback and confirm the final selection before submitting to the NSW Geographical Names Board for consideration and endorsement.

The names selected will first need to be endorsed by Council before being sent to the GNB for approval and gazettal. After a name has been gazetted, it will be placed on relevant signs and be made available on official maps. This is anticipated to be completed by Q3 FY2021/22.