Name change proposed for Mt Lawley laneway to honour WWI captain

Hold Lane in Mt Lawley. Image: Google Maps
Hold Lane in Mt Lawley. Image: Google Maps

THE City of Stirling is pushing to change the name of a Mt Lawley laneway.

Council voted at the September meeting to investigate changing Hold Lane to Norman Sundercombe Lane or Sundercombe Lane, following a suggestion by resident Anne Barisic.

Hold Lane is between Park and Clive roads and was named in 2014.

Norman Sundercombe was a decorated World War I army captain, receiving the Military Cross and British War Medal for his service, and lived on Park Road in Mt Lawley.

Norman Sundercombe

Councillors at the October 15 meeting endorsed a recommendation by City officers to submit three potential replacement names to Landgate for consideration, with

Norman Sundercombe Lane the preferred name, followed by Sundercombe Lane and 28th Battalion Lane.

This was despite them not meeting Landgate requirements because there was already a Sundercombe Street in Osborne Park.

The officers’ report said if the names were not approved by Landgate the City could investigate other ways to honour the former soldier’s service such as a plaque at his former home or naming a park after him.

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