Nomenclature Board of Tasmania - custodian of official place names
The assignment of names to places in Tasmania - including the constitution and operation of the Nomenclature Board - is regulated under provisions of the Survey Co-ordination Act 1944 (the Act).
In 1953, an amendment to the Act formally recognised the advisory board and established the Nomenclature Board on a permanent basis. The Board held its first meeting in February 1954.
Processes established under the Act enable the coordinated and orderly allocation and management of place names, ensuring that this primary identifier of geographical features is clear and concise for use by the whole community.
The Board is not responsible for naming urban streets situated within proclaimed cities or towns - this is the responsibility of the relevant local government authority (council). However, when a new urban street name is assigned, the council is bound to notify the Nomenclature Board of that assignment within 40 days. Councils are bound by the same rules as the Board when making decisions regarding the assignment of names to streets within proclaimed towns.
The Board's role is to:
Any person wishing to object to a decision of the Board must do so in writing, stating the grounds for objection, and lodge that objection with the Board Secretary within one month following the publication of the Board’s Notice of Intention to assign or alter that place name. If no objection is received, the Board publishes formal confirmation of its decision to assign or alter the name.
Any objection is considered by the Board at its earliest opportunity, and the details of the objection, together with the Board’s recommendation, are submitted to the Minister for final decision. The Minister's decision is subsequently gazetted and is not subject to appeal.
All final decisions are published in the Tasmanian Government Gazette, advertised in the newspaper and on the website, and are not subject to appeal.
Lists of proposed names are published in the Government Gazette and on the internet. Around four lists are published every year. The Board also maintains an email distribution list, whereby a party can be added by sending a message with the title Email Alert to Nomenclature.Office@dpipwe.tas.gov.au
Processes for Naming Places.
In this context, 'place' includes any town, township, mining district, area of land, locality, mountain, hill, peak, pass, glen, valley, forest, river, stream, creek, ford, lake, lagoon, marsh, bay, harbour, cape, promontory, railway station, road or other topographical feature. Places such as districts or towns were often originally named by the community's perception of the area or after a predominant geographical feature.
Contact: Nomenclature BoardSteve Billingham
Nomenclature Board Secretary
Level 1/134 Macquarie Street
HOBART TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6233 2554
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