KEVIN CONOLLY MOVES SUBURB NAMES MOTION IN PARLIAMENT TO BACK RESIDENTS
Written on the 16 August 2018 by Kevin Conolly
Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly introduced a Notice of Motion in Parliament this week to put pressure on Blacktown City Council to listen to residents regarding proposed changes to suburb names and boundaries in the council area, much of which falls within the State electorate of Riverstone.
Kevin Conolly moved that the House:
1. Notes that the Geographical Names Board of NSW is currently seeking comment on proposals by Blacktown City Council for new suburb names in the North West Priority Growth Area.
2. Notes that a number of Council's proposed names were opposed by a majority of those residents who made submissions during the local consultation period.
3. Further notes that the proposed name "Wran" has no historical or community connection whatsoever to the area proposed and is transparently politically motivated.
4. Urges Blacktown City Council to withdraw those proposed names which have no community support and instead seek to give effect to the views of residents who have proposed names with genuine historical or community derivations.
The Blacktown City Council proposal makes changes to Marsden Park, Schofields, Riverstone, Rouse Hill, Vineyard, Quakers Hill and Shanes Park, creating six new suburbs.
"The feedback that I have received from concerned residents affected by these proposed changes quite clearly indicates that Blacktown Council has not heeded the feedback from local residents in some areas who are unified in speaking against the proposals.
"My submission to the Geographical Names Board urges that the residents' wishes to adopt the names Nirimba Fields, Grantham Farm and Tallawong should be preferred to Council's proposals for those areas which are not supported by the local communities affected," said Kevin Conolly, Member for Riverstone.
Author: Kevin Conolly
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