Council seeks community input for road names

With the completion of the M1 Pacific Highway in sight, planning is underway for a number of sections of the old Pacific Highway to be transferred from Transport for NSW to Clarence Valley Council.

As a result, Council is seeking community feedback on suitable new names for the four sections of the current highway:

  • Existing Pacific Highway – between Chatsworth Road and Iluka Road Roundabout
  • Existing Harwood Bridge and along the existing Pacific Highway to Andersons Lane
  • Old Six Mile Lane on the western side of the new Freeway connecting to Avenue Road
  • The link road from the existing highway under the new freeway and connecting to Mill Road, Harwood

Clarence Valley Council Mayor Jim Simmons said, “There are specific guidelines that need to be met when naming a local road.  For example duplicate names are not acceptable, names should be easy to pronounce and roads can not be named after a living person.”  

“Some community members have suggested the sections be called the ‘Old Pacific Highway’, however there are a number of sections of the ‘Old Pacific Highway’ which could prove to be confusing for road users and emergency services, and as a result it would not meet the criteria of the NSW Address Policy” he added.

Once submissions from the public have closed they will be submitted to councillors for consideration at the March 2020 council meeting.  When the new names have been chosen, the suggestions will be sent to the NSW Geographical Names Board for Ministerial approval.

Once the new road names have been adopted, Council will advise relevant authorities such as Australia Post, of the name change. Residents will also be notified of the changes by mail.

More information about the naming criteria can be found in the NSW Address Policy and User Manual on the Geographical Names Board website.  Members of the public are invited to make submissions at www.clarenceconversations.com.au/road-naming or in writing to the General Manager by Monday 3 February 2020.

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