External editing extends street renaming issue
People who alter street names on Google Maps are putting local lives at risk, according to Berrigan Shire general manager Rowan Perkins.
Mr Perkins said the editing of street names with Google Maps was discovered when frustration over street naming changes resurfaced again earlier this month.
The NRMA was called to assist a woman whose car had broken down in Pinnuck St, Finley, but it could find no record of the street when looking at maps.
Pinnuck St was the name adopted for one half of the dissected Warmatta St by the council three years ago, along with 13 other road name changes, to limit confusion for emergency services.
Mr Perkins said the discovery that people can edit Google Maps externally, and are apparently doing so when it comes to Finley road names, is a concern.
He said if anyone is changing the street names on Google Maps they should stop, because they are endangering the lives of others.
‘‘We would have thought emergency services are using SIXMaps, but it seem in some instances this isn’t the case.
‘‘If there are people in the community thinking they’re being smart by changing street names back to the old names, and with emergency services apparently using Google Maps, it’s putting public safety at risk.
‘‘It seems to mainly be a problem with Google Maps and Apple Maps. If people want the proper information, they should go to SIXMaps, which is run by the NSW Government.’’
Mr Perkins said Berrigan Shire has approached the NSW Government and Google to advise them of the editing issues, and the danger it poses.
‘‘We have pointed it out the Minister for Emergency Services on at least two occasions. We never received a response,’’ Mr Perkins said.
‘‘We’ve also pointed it out with Google on numerous occasions but Google Maps is user definable, and that’s the weakness.
‘‘Whilst Google might think it’s good because people might think ‘my street isn’t on there so I’ll change it’, but people can also edit the street names. It’s not funny, it’s serious.
‘‘These editing issues are mainly happening in Finley, but it did happen a little bit with Tocumwal when the names were changed in 2015.
‘‘There should be no problem finding places because every sign post has the old name on it as well.’’