Council’s position on geographical namesPosted Wednesday 06 November 2013
In November 2012 Council resolved to ask the Geographical Names Board (GNB) to run public consultation on the re-creation of the geographical names of Balmoral, Beauty Point and Clifton Gardens.
Traditionally Balmoral, Beauty Point and Clifton Gardens were recognised separate areas but with a 2088 postcode and there was some public interest in restoring this heritage.
In May this year, as a matter of equity, Council resolved to add Mosman Bay to the consultation.
The GNB agreed to run the consultation process but because of the existence of other Balmorals in Australia, the Mosman Balmoral would have to be named Balmoral Beach.
Council supported this consultation process in the interest of democracy and consultation. As before, all areas would share the 2088 code and anyone who wishes to simply have a Mosman address and post code could do so.
On the other hand, area boundaries are somewhat arbitrary, postal address divisions could cause administrative costs for Australia Post and possibly for local businesses and some may view area naming as divisive.
Comments regarding the proposal can be submitted until Monday 18 November 2013 to the Secretary of the GNB and these can be lodged via the GNB website Submissions will be collated at the end of the advertising period and sent to Council for comment before they are further considered by the Board.
There is no political agenda here. Council has no prior position on the outcome of the consultation process and will be wholly respectful of the public response.