Name game for new areas
Readers leave scathing feedback on Blacktown Council’s proposed naming for 10 future suburbs
AN ONLINE poll asking readers what names they would choose for two new suburbs planned for Sydney’s booming northwest region has seen Clydesdale Farm and Durham Hall revealed as the top choices.
The Rouse Hill Times and Blacktown Advocate poll follows a report last week about Blacktown Council’s plans for 11 new suburbs to be created from the existing suburbs of Marsden Park, Riverstone and Rouse Hill.
The poll attracted 1100 votes and asked readers what name they preferred for areas one and two, which are now fall under Marsden Park.
For area one, Durham Hall (16 per cent) was the most popular choice ahead of Woorong Park and Melonba.
For area two, 31 per cent preferred Clydesdale Farm over Francis and Lang.
The NSW Geographical Names Board has the final say on names for the suburbs but Blacktown Council has encouraged residents to comment on the shortlist and have their say on the names, which were inspired by local history and botany.
Residents’ reactions to the suggested names were mostly critical.
Many wanted Elara, an es- tate in Marsden Park, to become a suburb name.
“The new names are absolutely pathetic for that area,’’ one reader wrote.
“Elara should continue being a part of Marsden Park, it has been classified as Marsden Park for years and should stay that way.
“The names sound like an absolute joke.
“Do not change what doesn’t need changing!’’
Guy labelled the names as horrendous.
“Implying that the community will have a say in naming these areas is laughable,” he said.
“The proposed names for the Elara estate would only serve to devalue the area.
“These names do not lend themselves to an area of class or desirability.’’
Sergio Jr C said: “We just bought property because it is at Marsden Park, not Francis, or Lang.’’
Area three will remain as Marsden Park, area four will be renamed Angus, Molucanna or Lynch.
Area five will be known as Bunda, Richards or Parrington, area six as Wirrawirra, Bells Grange or Daringa, area seven as Cable, Nirimba or Stonecutters and area eight as Kwigan, Dryden or McDonnell.
Area nine will be named Warraburra, Corcoran or Mason, area 10 as Tallawong, Whitlam Heights or Cudgegong Rise, area 11 as Wran, Mambara or Rankine and area 12 as Dirrabari, Rothwell Downs or Grevillea Grove
Residents will have almost a month have their say at a date to be set.