Wyndham City is seeking feedback from residents in relation to Sanctuary Lakes being recognised as a new suburb in the municipality of Wyndham. At present, Sanctuary Lakes is part of the suburb of Point Cook.
The ultimate decision as to whether a new suburb should be created rests with the State Government through the Office of Geographic Names, however Council support is required for this process to begin. In order for Council to make its decision, it is important for the views of the community to be considered.
We invite your feedback on:
- whether a new suburb named Sanctuary Lakes should be created; and
- if so, which of the three boundary options (below) do you consider the most appropriate
One response per property will be considered, however, in the instance of a tenanted property - one further response may be submitted by the owner/s of the property. Separate letters have been sent to owners who do not occupy a property. Given the importance of this issue, feedback is welcome from all Wyndham residents via the online survey.
Following this consultation process, Council will make a decision about the proposal, taking into consideration a range of factors. Should the proposal be supported by Council, a formal process will then commence according to the State Government’s Naming Rules. This process will include further consultation and communication with the community.
Consultation closes: 5pm Wednesday, 18 April 2018.
If you have any questions, please contact Jodie Cowland, Senior Governance Officer on 8734 5453 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sanctuary Lakes Suburb Proposal - Frequently Asked Questions
What is the process?
Council administers naming requests which are subject to a process that requires approval from Council as well as the State Government. In this instance, the request is around whether Sanctuary Lakes should become its own suburb and if so, what the boundary of the new suburb should be. As a first step, Council is seeking feedback from the community to help inform its decision. Once this is received, a report will be prepared for Councillors to consider at an Ordinary Meeting of Council – this report will present the outcome of the consultation process as well as a range of other factors that could impact on Council’s decision. If Council supports the proposal, the matter will be referred to the State Government’s Office of Geographic Names for endorsement. If the proposal is not supported by Council, the application will not proceed further.
What are the relevant State Government principles to create a suburb?
All suburb proposals must comply with the State Government’s Naming Rules. The naming principles set out in the Naming Rules are designed to ensure that there can be no confusion, errors or duplication caused by the naming, renaming or boundary change process.
What are relevant Council principles to create a suburb?
Council’s Geographic Naming Policy 2017 (’the Policy’) follows the principles and procedures outlined in the State Government’s Naming Rules and some other important requirements. Key principles from the Policy include:
- suburbs are named according to a historical link to the respective area,
- alteration to a suburb name will be a rarity; and
- Council will not consider new suburb or boundary changes for reasons of improving real estate valuations (that is any perceived loss of property value is not a valid planning consideration).
What happens next regarding the request for Council to create a suburb called Sanctuary Lakes?
Council is conducting an initial community consultation period from Wednesday 14 March 2018 until Wednesday 18 April 2018. This current consultation provides the initial community feedback so that Council can further inform its view as to whether a new suburb should be created. Following this consultation process, the Council will then make a decision about the proposal taking into consideration a range of factors. Should the proposal be supported by Council, a formal process will then commence according to the State Government’s Naming Rules. This process will include further consultation and communication with the community. Importantly, the proposal would ultimately need to be supported by the State Government’s Office of Geographic Names.
If this request to create a new suburb known as Sanctuary Lakes proceeds, would I need to change my land title?
No, you would not need to change your land title. All land titles would automatically be changed by Land Victoria.
If this request to create a new suburb known as Sanctuary Lakes proceeds, would I need to inform my gas, electricity, telephone or internet providers of the change to my address?
No, service providers would be informed on your behalf of the change to your address, however it may take up to 12 months for the changes to take effect.
Australia Post would also be assisting in the name changeover process and would direct any mail from your old address of Point Cook to your new address of Sanctuary Lakes for a period of 6-12 months.
If this request to create a new suburb known as Sanctuary Lakes proceeds, how would this name change impact on emergency services?
Emergency services would be informed of the change to your address and they are already familiar with the estate of Sanctuary Lakes. Once Council informs you to start using the suburb name of Sanctuary Lakes, you would be required to ensure that when you provide your address, you state the new suburb name if you need to contact emergency services.
What about my GPS and online maps?
The changes should be filtered through to these organisations but may take some time to be implemented. You should make sure your GPS software is up to date.
If this request to create a new suburb known as Sanctuary Lakes proceeds, would the street signs be replaced?
If a sign states the suburb under the street name, it may require replacement. Council would replace street signs gradually to minimise cost implications.
How do I provide feedback?
A survey is available to complete on Council’s website. Letters have also been sent enclosing the survey to properties in Sanctuary Lakes Estate and neighbouring areas.
Council is accepting one submission from each property unless the property is tenanted and then the occupier and owner can submit their comments. Paper copies of the survey are available at the Point Cook Library at Point Cook Town Centre and the Saltwater Community Centre, 153 Saltwater Promenade, Point Cook.
Feedback must be received no later than Wednesday 18 April 2018.
How will Wyndham City keep the community informed of the next steps?
Council’s website www.wyndham.vic.gov.au will be updated to keep you informed about the progress of this request to Council. Information will also be posted to Council’s social media accounts.