NP229: Name Karingga Park

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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. All naming proposals conducted by the City of Ballarat are undertaken in accordance with the statutory “Naming Rules for Places in Victoria”. The Naming Rules are mandatory for all naming authorities.

The Proposal in Brief

If implemented, this proposal will assign the name Karingga Park to a new park that is currently proposed for construction as part of a housing development in Alfredton.

Effect on Property Addresses

This proposal will not affect any current addresses.

Locality and Details

The park will be situated within a new housing estate located off the Ballarat-Carngham Road in Alfredton. An excerpt from the landscape master plan showing the location of the park within the estate is included below.

Background to Development of the Site or Feature

Ballarat is a growth area with the majority of the expansion occurring in the Ballarat West Growth Area. The park will be developed as part of an estate and will feature play spaces and activity areas to cater for the emerging community. Landscaping will involve the planting of a variety of tree and plant species to provide an attractive community amenity created within current guidelines to benefit future residents.

Background to the Proposed Naming

An Indigenous name has been proposed for the park. Consultation has occurred with the Traditional owners of the land through the Registered Aboriginal Party, (RAP), the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation. Naming Rules stipulate that the RAP must be consulted when considering the use of an Aboriginal name for any place. The name proposed is Karingga Park. In Wathaurung language, the word Karingga means, ‘grow” which is fitting for this area of rapid growth.

Rationale for the Naming Recommendation

The proposed use of an Aboriginal name for the park is an action that is in keeping with the current Naming Rules which state,” The naming of new places and roads is largely generated by the rapid expansion of outer-metropolitan and regional residential developments. These developments provide opportunities for contemporary and historic Aboriginal naming themes to be adopted”. Aboriginal language is central to the culture of our Indigenous Australians who have an ancient connection to the land on which we live. The City of Ballarat supports the use of Aboriginal names where possible, this is an action that is also consistent with Council’s adopted Reconciliation Action Plan.

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 asubmission on a naming proposal included with this correspondence and available from Council’s Customer Service Centre, 25 Armstrong Street South, Ballarat Central. Details of the proposal are also available online on Council’s Have Your Say page, go to select, “Council” then “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.

NB: Please note – In order to be valid, submissions of objection must demonstrate how the proposal does not adhere to the current Naming Rules, available through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning:

Submissions must also be in writing and reach the Place Names Officer, Lani Smith by 5pm Monday 13 August 2018.

Further Information

Further details about this proposal may be obtained from Council’s Place Names Officer, Lani Smith 53205763. 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.

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