Place naming system in line for legal overhaul
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.