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NP 219 Name Coburn Way in Lake Wendouree

10 months ago

Council Reference: NP 219

Name Coburn Way in Lake Wendouree

Ward: Central

The Proposal in Brief

If implemented, this proposal will assign the name Coburn Way to an unnamed road area in Lake Wendouree.

Effect on Property Addresses

This proposal will not affect current addresses.

Locality and Details

The road to be named is a long laneway that runs behind properties commencing from Crocker Street through to Hamilton Ave. The road extent is indicated by the green line on the map below.

Background to Development of the Site or Feature

This sealed government road takes the form of a large laneway leading from one road to another; the road area has existed for many decades and is unnamed. When roads were first created some were left unnamed particularly if no addressing was required. Ideally however, all unnamed roads should be named for purposes of location.

Background and rationale for the Proposed Commemorative Naming

Council has received several requests to name the road area as it is quite large and provides a through road from one street to another. Although independent from one another, the requests both suggested the name Coburn. As the road area is quite lengthy, sealed and leads from one street to another the suffix Way is deemed appropriate. The name Coburn is a commemorative one proposed to pay homage to the late Herbert L Coburn an architect whose name is synonymous with some of Ballarat’s most unique art deco buildings.

Mr Coburn also designed many of the road’s abutting residences; again these homes are distinctive in their style and instantly recognisable as a “Coburn” design.

With a career spanning over 5 decades Herbert Coburn was a highly regarded Architect who also taught and mentored students at Ballarat’s School of Mines where he worked from 1922-48, additionally he served as a local Councillor between 1938 – 1952 holding the Mayoral title in 1945. By all accounts, Mr Coburn was a passionate advocate for community progression in Ballarat.

The name of Coburn has been checked for compliance with the current Guidelines for Geographic Names and Mr Coburn’s descendent family have provided their approval of the proposal.

Submissions and Objections

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, which may also be obtained from Council’s Customer Service Centre, 25 Armstrong Street South, Ballarat Central. Details of this proposal are also available via the City of Ballarat website; go to then to Have Your Say. 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 Monday, July 11th 2016.

Further Information,

Further details about this proposal may be obtained from Council’s Place Names Officer, Lani Smith via 53205500.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 with this correspondence and may also be obtained from Council’s Customer Service Centre.