Road Naming, Place Naming and Feature Naming

City of Port Phillip is responsible for creating and changing the names of roads, streets and laneways within the municipality. The naming or renaming process provides us with the opportunity to recognise the local history, culture and identity of the area.

Who can name a road?

Any person, organisation, community group or naming authority (such as Council, government agency or developer), may request to name or rename roads, reserves, open spaces and other Council facilities. 

Council may also receive requests from emergency services such as Ambulance Victoria.  These requests are prioritised to ensure locations can be found more easily and quickly, saving emergency services critical minutes reaching crisis situations.

Once received and assessed for suitability, naming submissions generally take approximately 6 months to complete (except for submissions by emergency services). However you should note that Council is currently dealing with a large backlog of requests so your request may take longer than the anticipated timeframe . 

What your submission should contain

To formally commence the road naming process, please send an email with the following information to roadandfeaturenaming@portphillip.vic.gov.au:

  • a suitable name or multiple names
  • any supporting historical information/evidence supporting the name/s, including links to websites and/or articles. 
  • Gender equality and First Nations equity are important priorities for place naming and we encourage submissions of women’s names and Indigenous people’s names to support these objectives

 

Before submitting it’s important that you assess all suggested names against the relevant naming principles by reading the following documents (see attached):

1. "Naming rules for places in Victoria 2022" including but not only:

  • Principle C - Linking the name to place (names should have a link to place to ensure the preservation of our cultural heritage); and
  • Principle D - Ensuring names are not duplicated within a 5 kilometre radius

2. “Guidelines for the Naming or Re-naming of Roads, Lane and Reserves City of Port Phillip 2005 noting Section D – Selection Criteria for Names

To make it a little easier, below is a summary of the principles/criteria for place naming.  

  • Principle B - Recognising the public interest
  • Principle C - Linking the name to place/ name greater than local significance can be used
  • Principle D - Ensuring any part of the name is not duplicated within a 5kms radius
  • Principle E - Recognition and use of Traditional Owner languages
  • Principle F - Names must not discriminate or be offensive
  • Principle G - Gender equality
  • Principle H - Dual names
  • Principle I - Use commemorative names; after event, person or place/ avoid living people
  • Principle J – Avoid commercial and business names
  • Principle K - Language; must not be complicated, not sound like another name, be phonetic
  • Principle L – Avoid directional names; avoid North, South, East, West
  • Can be also named after a significant event, place, local floral and fauna

 

Current naming projects

You can find all of Council's current naming projects on our Have Your Say page