Unnamed laneway in Northmead

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

A person being acknowledge must be deceased.

Yes, however in this instance, the use of the unnamed laneway as a service lane for deliveries and waste collection makes it an inappropriate site for the consideration of First Nations names.

The proposed names reference a historical connection to the area.

Please view 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 undertook preliminary consultation prior to going to the community with the proposed options.

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.

Council also undertakes to consult with First Nations consultants and community members when a project provides an opportunity to recognise Dharug culture and connection to places within the City of Parramatta.

Council reviews the community feedback and confirms the final selection. The preferred name is submitted to the NSW Geographical Names Board for further consultation and if approved, gazettal.