Carter Street Precinct naming project

Have your say on three roads and a park in the northernmost part of the precinct

In September 2019, we invited the community to provide feedback on 15 proposed names (and some alternative options) for the roads, streets, lanes and open spaces in the new Carter Street Precinct.

The Carter Street Precinct is a 52-hectare site located south-west of Sydney Olympic Park and north of the M4 Motorway, in Lidcombe. Over the next 20 years, the precinct and adjoining areas will be transformed into a vibrant new community including 5,500 new homes, retail and business facilities, a new primary school and new links to Sydney Olympic Park.

The feedback that you provided for the first round of name proposals in September 2019 helped Council to prepare final names for several streets and parks in the Carter Street Precinct. In late May 2020, a number of names were officially gazetted by the NSW Geographical Names Board (GNB). Signs will begin to appear in the Carter Street Precinct and on maps shortly. To find out which names have now been gazetted, please check out the map below. Click here to find out what else you told us during the September 2019 consultation.


Responding to stakeholder feedback during the September 2019 consultation, Council made the decision to put forward new names for the GNB and the community to consider for three streets and park in the northernmost part of the Carter Street Precinct. Council worked with stakeholders to find suitable names. The location of these proposed streets and park is shown on the below map.

Submissions on the proposed names closed at 9am on Wednesday 24 June 2020.


Please note that while every effort has been made to ensure the correctness of the information on this map, City of Parramatta Council does not warrant the information or plans do not contain errors and the Council shall be in no way liable for any loss, damage or injury as a result of any such errors.

All proposed names come from birdlife seen in and around the Carter Street Precinct, and have been chosen in line with the NSW Geographical Names Board criteria to reflect the heritage values of the area. Descriptions and images of the birds can be found by clicking here or in the 'Naming streets and a park in the northern part of the precinct (June 2020)' brochure in the resources section.

Community feedback will be considered along with feedback from other stakeholders when determining which names are recommended to Council for endorsement.


The project team are in the process of reviewing all submissions. When this review is complete, proposed names will be recommended to Council for endorsement. The names will then be sent to the NSW Geographical Names Board for final approval and gazettal. We will keep you updated throughout this process.

Further naming proposals will also be prepared for the remaining areas of the Carter Street Precinct. You will be provided with another opportunity to have your say when consultation on naming for these areas takes place.


If you have any questions or comments, please call 1300 617 058 (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm) and ask for Council’s Community Engagement Team or email


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The proposed names were prepared in accordance with Council's Road Naming Policy (no. 283) and the NSW Geographical Names Board Place Naming Policy (2019).

The NSW Geographical Names Board policy ensures that road, street, lane and open space names are broadly acceptable to the community and meet current norms and standards.

The NSW Geographical Names Board encourages place names that reflect the heritage, cultures and identity of a site which makes the place distinctive and memorable for residents and the wider community. As per the NSW Geographical Names Board process, research has been undertaken to identify significant stories and histories of the area.

Ideas for the names were drawn from a combination of local history, heritage value and local wildlife.

The Carter Street Precinct has significant heritage related to the meat industry of the 19th and 20th Century. For more than 100 years, the area was used to hold or process livestock that fed and sustained local and regional communities.

In 1923 this area was home to the largest abattoir in the Commonwealth and possibly one of the largest in the world. Proposed place names seek to reflect the lands, stockyards and the animals associated with the site including important bird species that thrive in the area and nearby parklands and wetlands, including Sydney Olympic Park.

As per the NSW Geographical Names Board policy, Council has undertaken preliminary consultation with local historical societies, members of Council’s Heritage Advisory Committee, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and some community groups.

The proposed names have been given preliminary suitability by the NSW Geographical Names Board, with Council now undertaking broader community consultation to seek feedback on the precinct names.

The NSW Geographical Names Board has a number of criteria and rules in place, which make it difficult for some name submissions to be effective. For example, name suggestions must be as site specific and contextually accurate as possible, not have duplicates within a 10km radius and must also meet emergency services, postal and navigation requirements.  

The Geographical Names Board of NSW ‘NSW Road Naming Policy’ outlines the guidelines for naming roads. The guidelines can be accessed at In summary, proposed names should be:

  • Unique - the name should not already exist in the Local Government Area or neighbouring Local Government Areas
  • If naming after a person, the person cannot be living and first names are to be avoided
  • Not be offensive or likely to cause offense
  • Appropriate to the physical, historical and cultural character of the local area
  • Cannot be a company or business name
  • Must be easy to read, spell and pronounce
  • Use of hyphens should be avoided
  • Should include an appropriate road type suffix e.g. road, street, avenue
  • In most cases should only be one word, however two may be appropriate if required for the geographical relationship of the road, e.g. New England Highway.

Proposed names for Stage 1 of the Carter Street Precinct seek to draw inspiration from the site's heritage values, land and natural wildlife.

Council supports the recognition of Dharug, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage of Parramatta in place naming and is seeking to work with Dharug traditional custodians to prepare Dharug names for Stage 2 of the Carter Street Precinct.

It is anticipated Stage 2 will include roads and parks on the western side of the development close to the watercourse and wetland areas.

Acknowledging a local person through naming streets, roads, lanes and open spaces is not always possible due to the rules set by the NSW Geographical Names Board including that first names are to be avoided and the person cannot be alive.

Council will review the community feedback and confirm the final selection before submitting to the NSW Geographical Names Board for consideration and endorsement.

Stage 1 of the Carter Street Precinct is underway. The names selected in Stage One have now been gazetted and will begin to appear in the Carter Street Precinct and on official maps shortly.

Last updated Wednesday 24 June 2020

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