Naming Guidelines for Places and Public Facilities

Find out more about naming a place or a public facility within the Sutherland Shire.

The names we give to places convey their significance through a sense of history, identity, and connection between people and a place. We recognise the importance of this connection through our Naming of Public Open Spaces and Facilities Policy. Our Policy ensures selection of names are consistent, consultative and transparent.

Our Policy is closely aligned with that of the Geographical Names Board (the GNB).  The GNB is the Government agency that administers place names within NSW. The GNB has the final say on all naming proposals for place names.

To view the GNB’s Guidelines for the determination of place names, visit their webpage here.

What can be named?


Places are parks, reserves, sport ovals, walkways and public open space. The GNB has the final approval for all place naming proposals.

Proposals for walkway names must not include road types such as “Promenade” or “Avenue”. These are already used for public roads.

Public Facilities

Public facilities are any Council-owned or managed facility other than a geographical feature. Public facilities include buildings, ovals, pavilions, boardwalks, wharves, gardens and playgrounds.

While the GNB does not have to approve a naming proposal for a public facility, we will still comply with the tenets of their policy.

Please contact the RMS for any naming proposals for roads and bridges.

Naming Proposals – what will we consider?

We have put together some guidelines for naming proposals. Please take these into consideration before sending us a naming proposal.

We support the following naming proposals:

  • Public open space named for its location, i.e. Cronulla Park.
  • Names that acknowledge the heritage of the Sutherland Shire, i.e. Forby Sutherland Memorial Park.
  • Naming proposals that use Aboriginal Names, i.e. Biddy Giles Park.

Commemorative Names

We encourage commemorative names. Suitable commemorative names are those that:

  • Commemorate a person, event or place.
  • Recognise acts of bravery, community service and exceptional accomplishments.
  • Acknowledge significant contribution to a geographic feature or location.

We cannot commemorate anyone until twelve months after their decease.

The following commemorative names will not be supported:

  • Victims of, or markers at the location of, accidents or tragedies.
  • Ownership of land is not in itself grounds for the application of an owner’s name.
  • Names of persons holding public office.

Restrictions on Naming Proposals

We will not support the following:

  • Changes to long-established place names, except where necessary to avoid ambiguity or duplication.
  • Duplicate names within Sutherland Shire or the adjoining LGA. This causes confusion to postal and emergency services.
  • Generic names, such as Anzac Park and Centenary Park.

How do I submit a naming proposal?

The first step is to contact a member of Council's Open Space Assets Team on 9710-0333 with your naming proposal. Your proposal should include the reason, background and how it aligns with our Policy. We will work with you to discuss all naming options.

If your naming proposal meets our criteria, it will be formally submitted to Council. If approved by Council, the next step is community consultation. The outcome of the community consultation will again be formally submitted to Council. Council will consider the results and whether we should adopt the name.

For adoption of a place name, we will make a submission to the Geographical Names Board. They have the final say on all place naming proposals.  The GNB will put it out to public exhibition. If there are no objections, the name is approved at one of its quarterly Board meetings.

How long does a naming proposal take?

As you can see, the naming process is quite detailed. A proposal for a place name from beginning to end will take between twelve to eighteen months.

For adoption of a public facility, the process will take around nine to twelve months.



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