West Wimmera Shire Council (Council) has received a request along with three letters of support from surrounding landowners to rename the road located at Lillimur from which is officially named D Merretts Road (but incorrectly signposted Dennis Merretts Rd) to Calibre Road.
Signposted Dennis Merretts Road and 3 D Merretts Road are both in very close proximity to each other which creates constant confusion with truck drivers from Adelaide & Melbourne delivering goods.
At present both duplicated roads are signposted incorrectly:
- D Merretts Road is signposted 3 D.Merrett Road (South on map, shown in pink)
- D Merretts Road is signposted Dennis Merretts Road (North on map, shown in red, proposed to be renamed Calibre Road).
To lessen the duplication of the word “Merrett” and reduce the risk to public safety, Goodwin Freight Services have proposed the name of Calibre Road to be unique and fitting to the Pistol Club and Freight Services on the road, with the work calibre being derived from the Latin, “qua libra” meaning, “what weight”. This proposal has been endorsed to proceed to community consultation at the Council Meeting on 17 November 2021.
Road names are critical in directing emergency services and are necessary for mail delivery and road transport. New road naming and renaming of duplicate named roads is a Council responsibility under the Local Government Act 1989, and must be done in accordance with the Naming Rules published by the Office of Geographic Names.
The direct community has been issued letters, including a survey on the 24 November 2021.
The closing date for responses and objections is 5pm 07 January 2022.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Council@westwimmera.vic.gov.au
For more information and to review the Naming Rules, please visit land.vic.gov.au