Civic Information > Naming Places
The naming of all new streets, roads, places, or the re-naming of existing streets, roads, places in the municipality are to be approved by Horsham Rural City Council. Generally and preferrably, these names are chosen from the Council's approved list. Anyone wishing to add a new name to the naming list, must submit an application to Council for approval with substantiating information to support the request. Requests must be submitted on the form found below. Council considers new names twice yearly and may seek the advice of the Horsham Historical Society or the Arapiles Historical Society and also reserves the right to seek public comment on any application for naming.
Vivien Reynolds is the author of a book on naming Horsham streets between 1849-1998. The book can be purchased by visiting http://home.vicnet.net.au/~hhs/
NAMING HORSHAM STREETS 1849-1998
by E. Vivan Reynolds. 2003.
The story of the naming of the streets of Horsham is a potted history of the town. 134 pages. A4 high quality laminated soft cover.$30.00 Plus $9.50 p&p
In approving names, HRCC also considers the Geographic Place Names Act 2010 and its core principles.
The Guidelines for Geographic Names 2010 Version 2 (in accordance with Part 2 of the Geographic Place Names Act 1998) sets out the procedures and principles for naming, renaming and adjusting the boundaries of geographic features, localities and roads in Victoria.
VICNAMES is the state's official Register of Geographic Names. It contains more than 200,000 place names including cities, towns, suburbs, regions, roads, landscape features, recreational reserves, transport stations, schools, hospitals, national parks, forests, reserves and tracks. It is free to search place names and add historical information. The Registrar of Geographic Names is responsible for recording place names and maintains VICNAMES. The Geographic Place Names Act 1998 makes provision for the naming of places and features in Victoria. It encourages greater community involvement in the place naming process through the Guidelines for Geographic Names 2010. New place names and changes to existing names are generally made by naming authorities such as local councils. Occasionally, the names of significant places, for example The Twelve Apostles, are determined centrally by specially convened Geographic Place Names Advisory Committees. The Register of Geographic Names, VICNAMES, holds more than 200,000 place and road names including landscape features such as mountains and rivers, bounded localities such as suburbs, towns, cities and regions, and physical infrastructure such as roads, reserves and schools. You are invited to log on to VICNAMES to search for all registered place names in Victoria or track the progress of proposed names that have been submitted to the Registrar of Geographic Names for approval.
Further information about VICNAMES and geographic place names in Victoria may be obtained from:
The Registrar of Geographic Names
GPO BOX 527
Melbourne Victoria 3001
T +61 3 8636 2525
F +61 3 8636 2776