Place nam­ing sys­tem in line for le­gal over­haul

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - ALEX LUTTRELL

LEG­IS­LA­TION to al­ter the sys­tem that con­trols the nam­ing of Tas­ma­nian places could be tabled by the State Gov­ern­ment soon.

The present sys­tem was es­tab­lished in the Sur­vey Co­or­di­na­tion Act 1944.

A Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries Parks Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­ment spokesman said al­though mi­nor amend­ments had been made to the Act over the years, the pro­vi­sions for place nam­ing no longer re- flected tech­nolo­gies, ad­min­is­tra­tive ar­range­ments or dig­i­tal data man­age­ment.

The Bill’s com­mu­nity feed­back re­port on pos­si­ble changes states the State Gov­ern­ment could en­force the use of of­fi­cial names by ap­ply­ing penal­ties for in­ten­tional mis­use of ti­tles. This is due to an in­flux of elec­tronic and tra­di­tional map­ping that has caused is­sues with con­sis­tency.

The gov­ern­ment also noted its de­sire to im­ple­ment a Place Names Ad­vi­sory Panel com­pris­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment bod- ies, Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties and land stake­hold­ers to cre­ate a wholis­tic process.

The Bill will also clearly de­fine place as a ge­o­graphic fea­ture, lo­cal­ity, road­way, park, re­cre­ation zone or an area of cul­tural or his­toric in­ter­est.

DPIPWE has just com­pleted fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion on its feed­back re­port and is now col­lat­ing sub­mis­sions.

The spokesman said a sum­mary was ex­pected soon, with the Gov­ern­ment to then con­sider whether it will com­mence draft­ing a Bill.

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