Mt Lawley and Highgate laneways to land colourful new names

Photo: BeaufortStreet.com.au
Photo: BeaufortStreet.com.au

KEEN for a leisurely stroll down Bogan Lane, Hipster Lane or Knucklebuckle Lane?

These were some of the names suggested by the public for nine currently unnamed laneways around Beaufort Street in Mt Lawley and Highgate.

While those three were knocked back, Danker, Huey, Lois and Lantern made it to the shortlist, along with Nyoongar names Baada (salt water rushes/sun rays), Ngaangka (mother/sun) and Boodja (land/country).

The ‘Name the Lane’ initative started in September 2014, when local town team the Beaufort Street Network requested the City of Vincent label the laneways.

Two-hundred-and-fifty-one suggestions were received from the community and assessed against Landgate policies in consultation with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, the Whadjuk Working party and the City’s Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group.

Forty-five names made it to the shortlist.

The proposal will be considered at next week’s ordinary council meeting on Tuesday, February 5.

Lane map. Picture: City of Vincent.

The top names recommended by the City of Vincent for the nine roads:

Arnold (In recognition of the Arnold family and Arnold’s Pharmacy)

– Danker (In recognition of Eric Danker’s service to the country and the family’s links to the area)

– Boodja (Nyoongar word for land/country, reflecting vegetation on laneway between Grosvenor Road and Chelmsford Road)

– Merifield (In recognition of William Merifield’s service to the country and the family’s links to the area)

– Tramway (In recognition of Perth’s first tramway network which serviced Beaufort Street)

– Mereny (Nyoongar word for bread/food, recognising road’s connection to nearby bakery)

– Kaadadjiny (Nyoongar word meaning thinking/learning/understanding, recognising road’s connect with Hyde Park and the park’s association with learning)

– Kaata (Nyoongar word meaning highest point of something, describes road’s physical location)

– Lois (In recognition of road’s connection with Planet Video)