Proposed naming of un-named Right of Way at rear of properties in Gordon Crescent, Blackburn

Published: Tuesday 24 Sep 2019


The request for naming stems from a Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal decision in August 2018 to grant a permit allowing the creation of a two lot subdivision for a property in Gordon Crescent. As one of the dwellings will face onto the unnamed right of way, the unnamed right of way requires naming in order to assign a property address to the dwelling which will face onto the right of way.

Council at its meeting on 27 May 2019 resolved to endorse the name ‘Gaff Lane’ for the purposes of community consultation on its proposal to name the right of way abutting 3 Clarke Street and the rear of 7-19 Gordon Crescent, Blackburn and to receive a further report following the completion of the community consultation process.

The name ‘Gaff Lane’ was to recognise the life of Janet Muir Gaff (nee Steel) (1860-1940) who migrated to Australia in late 1891, from Glasgow Scotland. Janet along with other members of the Steel family settled in Blackburn. 

Following Council’s decision of 27 May 2019, a community consultation process was undertaken on the naming proposal ‘Gaff Lane’. Council at its meeting held 16 September 2019 considered submissions received during the community consultation period and decided to endorse the name ‘Steel Lane’ as its naming proposal for the purposes of further community consultation. The name ‘Steel Lane’ is to recognise the life of Janet Muir Gaff (nee Steel) and also acknowledge the contribution to Blackburn’s early development made by additional members of the same Steel family, particularly Frances Steel (nee Sanders).

Council is seeking comment from the public about the naming proposal ‘Steel Lane’. Written submissions can be via:

Mail: Team Leader Governance, Whitehorse City Council, Locked Bag 2, Nunawading Vic 3131

The deadline for submissions is close of business no later than 5pm on Wednesday 30 October 2019. 

Note: Council has been unable to locate existing family members to seek permission to use the proposed name and calls for consent from the family or request family contact details from the community.

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