Council Reference: NP- 213
Name an unnamed road in Miners Rest – Bones Lane
Council is required to seek public comment before making any decision on a naming proposal. This document is issued to encourage informed discussion and comment on this proposal.
The Proposal in Brief
If implemented, this proposal will assign the name Bones Lane to an unnamed road off Sharpes Road in Miners Rest.
Effect on Property Addresses
This proposal will not affect any current addresses.
Locality and Details
The road to be named is an old government road and it is situated in Miners Rest running between Sharpes and Kennedys Roads.
The road to be named is a long standing government road. When these roads were originally created many where not named as they were not developed for residential use. Due to ongoing growth within the Municipality and changes in land use, many of these roads now require naming for addressing and/or identifying purposes. An existing government road must be formally named in accordance with the current Guidelines for Geographic Names (The Guidelines) and cannot be simply assigned a name as in the case of a newly created road within a subdivision development. This is because these roads have existed historically for many years and there is a need to involve the wider community who often come forward to provide details of informal names and history associated with these roads.
Background to the Proposed Naming
Council has received a request to formally name the road as it has been known by its informal name for many years and it is deemed appropriate to assign this name to the road for purposes of location and identification. It is important to register names so that they can be located on maps which is particularly vital in emergency situations. The name Bones Lane has been suggested. The road area has been referred to by this name for a long time and has been utilised by locals to enable horses to make their way to the Ballarat Turf Club for training. The name also complies with the current mandatory Guidelines for Geographic Names including commemorative naming requirements which stipulate names of people can only be assigned to places 12 months after the person is deceased.
The name suggested is historically relevant and meaningful to the local community. The original inhabitant of the abutting property was well known local identity Ronald Bones. A jockey and trainer, Mr Bones was highly regarded by the local racing fraternity as well as the wider community; he was, by all accounts, a fondly remembered character. Mr Bones passed away aged 94 in 2007 and the Ballarat Turf Club held the Ronald Bones Memorial 0-68 Handicap in his honour.
Interested individuals and organisations are encouraged to make submissions in favour of or against this proposal. Please note: if no valid submissions are received, it will be assumed that there are no objections to this proposal.
For guidance on making a valid submission, please see the sheet, How to make a submission on a naming proposal, included, and which may be obtained from Council’s Customer Service Centre, 25 Armstrong Street South, Ballarat Central. Council cannot consider this proposal or any individual submission before the publiccomment period closes, and must consider all valid submissions before making a decision.
Submissions must be in writing and reach the Place Names Officer, Lani Smith by no later than 5pm on Friday December 18th, 2015.
Further details about this proposal may be obtained from Council’s Place Names Officer, Lani Smith. The City of Ballarat has also prepared an information sheet to provide guidance for anyone who wishes to request a place be named or renamed, or who may be affected by a naming proposal. The information sheet, titled Naming Proposals – General Information is included in this correspondence and may also be obtained from Council’s Customer Service Centre as well as online via the City of Ballarat website, http://www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/ then go to Have Your Say.