Proposed road name change - Blackfellows Road

Pyrenees Shire Council is proposing to rename Blackfellows Lane, Snake Valley

Council has received an approach from members of the community regarding Blackfellows Lane, Snake Valley.

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Council is in the process of seeking an alternative name that is deemed more appropriate to the community.

The naming process is governed by the Naming rules for places in Victoria-Statutory requirements for naming road, features and localities – 2022 (available for download at Land Use Victoria), which lists 13 principles to be followed. 

Two of these principles that we ask you to consider when proposing a name are listed below:

1. Principle C - Linking name to place

Place names should be relevant to the local area with preference given to unofficial names used by the immediate community. Other examples include local flora and fauna, Australian war contributions, past exploration and settlement, local geography and geology, significant events, the cultural diversity of the past and current inhabitants, or patterns of land usage and industrial/mineral/agricultural production.

2. Principle E – Recognition and use of Traditional Owner Languages

Traditional Owner languages are often based on location; languages are deeply rooted to the land and offer an ideal opportunity to connect a name to a place.  The use of Traditional Owner languages enables the wider community to be educated about Traditional Owner history and shared culture.

Impacts of the proposed name change:

  • Any property that has its entrance fronting this road will require to have its address amended to reflect that in line with the Australian Standard AS4819 Standards for Rural and Urban Addressing.
  • Road Names will be updated in Council and State Government databases.
  • If a residential address is used as a postal address, the residential address will also be required to be amended.


How to have your say

Name submissions were taken by Council in 2023 as part of our community consultation process.

The first round of consultation is now complete and Council is seeking further clarification from the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation before proceeding further.