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									Possible Change of Name for Auburn Council

            Information Paper

                                     File Number L-29-05/02

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Council invites comment from the public regarding the possible renaming of the Auburn
Council. A Council can alter its name with the consent of the Minister for Local
Government if it has broad community support for the change.

Comment is therefore sought on the proposal, both for and against. Suggestions of any
possible new name are also invited and may be based on geographical, social or
demographic features of the region or any other issue which the proponent considers

A detailed issues paper on the proposal can be viewed at the Civic Precinct and at
Council’s Libraries at Auburn, Lidcombe, Newington and Regents Park, or via the
website. Comments and name change suggestions can be delivered to Council in
person, or by post, facsimile or email as below up until Friday, June 16, 2006.


Minute Number 072/06 – Council Meeting held on 19 April, 2006


RESOLVED unanimously on the motion of Clr Zraika, seconded Clr Simms that the
Council call for comment from the community on the matter of a possible change
of name for its Local Government Area.

             Possible Change of Name for Auburn Council

                               Information Paper

An issue which the Council considers the community may wish to provide input
on is the possible renaming of the area.

The Council area is named after Auburn which was the dominant regional centre
in 1949 when the current Council was formed by amalgamation. Since then
there has been significant development throughout the area and particularly in
the last few years since the Olympic Games in 2000. New suburbs have been
developed, old established industry has made way for new residential
developments and the area has seen a large influx of newcomers. The area is
now one of a great diversity of culture, residential and industrial development with
the added attraction of the many natural and environmental features of the area.
The new waterside residential developments are a prime example of the
significant change in the nature of the area.

In inviting comment on the matter, Council has not made any pre-emptive
decisions on renaming or otherwise, has not drawn up any list of preferred
names and will be guided by the feedback it receives from the public.

The possible names could involve features of geographical attributes or areas,
land use, specific social/sporting amenities, demographics or a combination of
the above as the proponent might decide.

Council has considered this matter in general terms at its meetings on 15th March
2006 and 3rd May 2006 and relevant excerpts from the meetings are set out
below for the information of the public.

Excerpts from reports to Council meetings.

Council Meetings 15th March 2006 & 3rd May 2006

Section 207 of the Act enables the Governor by proclamation to name or rename an
area. The Governor would take such action only on the recommendation of the Minister
for Local Government. In turn, to gain the support of the Minister, a Council would have
to undertake appropriate public consultation on the issue, and demonstrate significant
public support for a name change.

As the character and composition of a community changes over time with the growth of a
particular locality, economic pressures, or perhaps significant concentrations of
development, the relevance of the traditional name of an LGA can be reduced or
become inappropriate.

Clearly there has been a re-alignment of the general public’s understanding of Auburn’s
location since the 2000 Olympics, and the significant re-development of the Homebush
Bay area has had a flow-on effect for the Auburn LGA in the perception of many

It may be appropriate therefore to give consideration to the current relevance of the
traditional name for the LGA, mindful that the existing name reflects only the locality of
its area prior to the amalgamation in 1949.

The issue of a name of a local government area appears to have been invariably based
on the geographic location, or a specific locality within a Council’s area. It is noted
however, that the restructure of Councils in Victoria adopted a diverse range of names
for the new Councils, seemingly not obviously based on current geographic names.

Other than a name having broad community support so as to be considered acceptable,
it would appear to be open to select any name which appropriately reflected the area.

The names so far mentioned in various discussions viz, Homebush Bay Council, Liberty
Plains Council, etc. have referred to geographic locations, but it would seem equally
appropriate to select a name which was based on the characteristics of an area.

In this case, Auburn LGA’s multiculturalism could be the basis of a name for a Council.
Again however, any suggestion would more likely reflect the personal preferences of the
author, rather than purely expressing a concept, character or location.

In determining a name for the area which would have some wide community support, it
might as an option be appropriate to invite submissions from the community. That would
give the opportunity for a wider range of suggestions for names which might be suitable.

By contrast, there would be many in the community who would consider that retaining
the existing name would acknowledge the traditions and history of the area, albeit only
since 1949 in the LGA’s present form.

The Process

Under the Local Government Act 1993, the Governor may by proclamation alter
the name of a Council.

For this to happen, a Council must first make application the Minister for Local
Government to alter the name and have it approved by the Minister. For the
application to be approved, it must be demonstrated that the Council has widely
consulted the community and has broad support for the change. This ensures
the local community has significant input into the renaming and if this is not
forthcoming then the status quo remains. A Council cannot simply change its
name as it feels appropriate but must adhere to the above protocol.

The means of community consultation initially involves a notice inviting
community input into the matter. If the Council has determined that there is a
significant level of support for the change and for the proposed name chosen,
Council could resolve to proceed with the renaming and therefore submit the
proposal to the Minister for Local Government. Conversely if there is significant
objection to the proposal then it would be very unlikely Council would proceed
with the issue.

If there was public support for the proposal as above, the Minister would then
review the matter including the extent of public consultation and the feedback
gained therefrom. Unless there was a significant support for the proposal, it
would be unlikely that the application would be approved at Ministerial level.

If however the Minister was satisfied that there was genuine broad support for the
renaming then the application would be submitted to the Governor of New South
Wales who has the authority to rename an area as proposed. Once the new
name is proclaimed, then Council will assume that name from the date of

Lodgement of Submissions.

Residents are therefore invited to forward written submissions on the matter
either for or against the proposal. The submissions may be lodged personally, by
post, facsimile or email addressed to the General Manager by Friday 16th June
2006. Only written submissions lodged as above can be considered.

For any further information on the matter, please contact Council’s Manager –
Administration Mr Barry Cockayne on 9735 1222.


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