Plans to change the name of a local street near Kearneys Drive from Lily Place to Viola Place are making progress, with the NSW Geographical Names board approving the change.
The 15 November meeting of Orange City Council decided to support the proposal.
According to a report to the meeting, Council has received numerous complaints from the residents of Lily Place and Lily Pilly Place because of the similarity of their streets’ names.
Residents from both streets have experienced incorrect postal deliveries, lack of address recognition by GPS services, issues with essential service (gas/electricity) installation, inability to receive food deliveries and a concern for potential confusion for Emergency Services.
Lily Pilly Place is in North Orange, off Bluebell Way near William Maker Drive, while Lily Place is less than a kilometre away, off Kearneys Drive.
Earlier this year, Council wrote to the 10 residents of Lily Place suggesting that the street be re-named Viola Place to eliminate confusion.
The 15 November meeting considered feedback from residents when they made the decision.
The street numbers of each house won’t change.
Viola Place was suggested as the new name. The suggestion is to name the street after a native violet plant (Viola hederacea) which grows as a ground cover on Mount Canobolas and is common in the Orange area.
This week Council wrote again to residents keeping them up to date with the latest progress.
Due to the start of the holiday season, and to give residents more time to make any adjustments, the new street name won’t come into effect until February 2023.