Shire of Collie council vote against renaming street

The shire council voted against renaming a street in Allanson that has been claimed to potentially be confusing for emergency responders.
The shire council voted against renaming a street in Allanson that has been claimed to potentially be confusing for emergency responders.

The Shire of Collie has voted against renaming a potentially confusing street in Allanson at the last month’s council meeting.

The council unanimously decided not to rename a section of Montgomery Street after the name it originally proposed was found to not be compliant with state government regulations.

The shire had received a request from Landgate to rename the short northern section of Montgomery Street because it is separated from the rest of the street by the Coalfields Highway and the numbering of properties between two sections is not consistent, potentially causing confusion for emergency responders.

Landgate proposed the street be connected to nearby Cameron Street although at the council meeting on October 3, the shire council instead voted to rename the street Montgomery Street North to keep in line with other street names around the shire.

However, the name was found not to comply with the state government’s Policies and Standards for Geographical Naming in Western Australia, which no longer allows the use of directional terms such as North and South to differentiate streets of the same name.

There are only two properties along the stretch of Montgomery Street that would have been affected by a name change. Through consultation with the shire, one of the homeowners raised concerns about the hassle that changing the street’s name would cause.