NP- 227 Name an unnamed road in Durham Lean – Dianchi Lane

6 months ago
CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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 Dianchi Lane to an unnamed road in Durham Lead.

Effect on Property Addresses
This proposal will enable addressing for a new landowner, there is presently only one land parcel accessed from this road.

Locality and Details
This road is an old government road. Situated in Durham Lead, it runs off Pioneer Lane and is outlined in red on the map below.


Background to Development of the Site or Feature
The road in question is an old government road which leads to one property. It has never been named. Recently a permit to construct a residence has been granted and it is accessed off this road. Rules for naming require properties to be addressed to the road they are accessed from and the road now needs a name.

Background to the Proposed Naming
Council has received a request to name the road. The road was previously seldom used for traffic but with the recent application to build a home that is accessed from this road, it is necessary for a name to be assigned to it for addressing purposes.

Rationale for the Naming Recommendation
The name proposed is Chinese (Mandarin) in origin, Dianchi is a place name in China. When Ballarat was first settled and during the Goldrush era many Chinese immigrated to Ballarat, in fact around a quarter of the men and women on the Goldfields were Chinese, second only to the English in numbers. Despite their numbers, there are relatively few Chinese names used for place naming historically in the region. The use of a Chinese name would go some way towards affording the Chinese some further recognition given their numbers and representation through early Ballarat history. The use of a Chinese name pays homage to the rich history that Ballarat shares with its Chinese population. The name is also meaningful to the affected residents and they have given their support to the name.

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 submission, please see the sheet, how to make a submission on a naming proposal, included. Council cannot consider this proposal or any individual submission before the public comment 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 Monday 4th June,2018.


Further Information
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 with this correspondence and may also be obtained from Council’s Customer Service Centre.