Have your say on naming roads, streets and open spaces in the Carter Street Precinct, Lidcombe 

Carter Street Precinct naming project


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 Carter Street 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.

Place naming in the precinct will be undertaken in stages. From August to September 2019, as part of Stage 1 in the process, Council invited your feedback on 15 proposed names for the roads, streets, lanes and open spaces in the area.

The proposed names reflect the area’s heritage values and identity, drawing on both the natural landscape and the site's rich history.

Council worked with the NSW Geographical Names Board to develop a list of names that meet specific criteria.

For more information on the name selection process and the names proposed, view the 'Frequently asked questions' below or read a copy of the information booklet located on the right sidebar under 'Resources'. These materials are available in Arabic, English, Hindi, Korean and Simplified Chinese.

Thank you to everyone who contributed. The project team are now considering your submissions and we will keep you updated on this page as the project progresses.   


Frequently asked questions

The proposed names were prepared in accordance with Council's Road Naming Policy (no. 283) and the NSW Geographical Names Board (GNB) Place Naming Policy (2018).

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

The GNB 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 GNB 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 Geographical Names Board (GNB) 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 GNB with Council now undertaking broader community consultation to seek feedback on the precinct names.

The Geographical Names Board (GNB) 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.  

Preliminary consultation has been undertaken with key stakeholder groups. The community is now invited to provide feedback on the list of names that have been given preliminary approval by the GNB. This ensures that everyone has the opportunity to contribute to the naming process. To provide your feedback, click the ‘Have Your Say’ button above.

The Geographical Names Board of NSW ‘NSW Road Naming Policy’ outlines the guidelines for naming roads. The guidelines can be accessed at www.gnb.nsw.gov.au. 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 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 seeks to draw inspiration from the site's heritage values, land and natural wildlife.

Council supports the recognition of Darug, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage of Parramatta in place naming and is seeking to work with Darug traditional custodians to prepare Darug 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 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 Geographical Names Board (GNB) for consideration and endorsement.

Stage 1 of the Carter Street Precinct is underway, after formal endorsement and registration by the GNB. It is expected street signs and other place making signage will be installed on site and names will start to appear on newly produced maps.

Last updated 4 September 2019

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