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Residents of Bowen will soon be asked to have their say on a proposal to create 19 new suburbs and place names in the locality of Bowen.
In December 2014 a public meeting was held at the Bowen PCYC, hosted by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM). An issue raised during this meeting was the ability of emergency services to properly locate addresses within the greater Bowen area, due to the current locality size of 1654.2 square km.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said that to improve the identification of specific areas within the greater Bowen locality, it has been proposed that 19 place names or suburbs be created.
“This will assist in the easy identification of suburbs for emergency services and the Council in regards to future planning,” Cr Willcox said.
“Bowen has been planned as a whole, however the area of Abbot Point is very different to Mount Gordon and this is now proposed to be recognised,” he said.
“An example of the feedback we are seeking could include whether residents want Brisk Bay to be a suburb or Heronvale, as both are informal place names in the area.
“Council has been working with DNRM for the last 2 years formulating locality boundaries and proposed names. Locality names have been taken from local knowledge and formulated from requirements under the Place Names Act 1994.
“I encourage the residents of Bowen to get involved and have their say on the proposal that will be put forward; we are eager to hear from the public and their views on the new suburb names and boundaries.”
The project is now ready for public consultation for all persons who reside within Whitsunday Regional Council and directly affected residents, ratepayers and workers within the current Bowen locality. A letter has been sent to key stakeholders within Bowen and all registered ratepayers who own land within the greater Bowen locality informing them of their new suburb.
The public consultation will be from 15 November 2016 to 15 February 2017.
Copies of the maps will be available at the Bowen Library and Customer Service Centre at Bowen. Also, the locality maps are online at http://yoursay.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au/
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