The naming of geographical places in South Australia is regulated by the Geographical Names Act 1991. Under the Act, interested persons can make submissions on proposed name changes.
Geographic places include:
- places or buildings that may be of historical interest.
For more information on naming policy see the Geographical names guidelines.
Guidelines for submitting new proposals
These guidelines cover proposals to:
- assign a name to a place
- alter an existing name
- assign or alter suburb and locality names or boundaries.
All proposals must comply with the Geographical names guidelines. If a proposal doesn't meet the guidelines it is unlikely to be successful.
Submissions other than for suburbs or localities should be in writing to the Surveyor-General and lodged with the Geographical Names Unit (GNU).
Proposals to assign a new suburb or locality name or alter an existing suburb or locality name or boundary should be discussed with the local council or local authority if not within a council area. It is preferred the council or authority submit the proposal on behalf of the proposer, together with its comments, to the Surveyor-General.
A new proposal should include:
- the name, address, contact number and email address (if available) of the person making the submission
- a detailed justification for the proposal
- a map or plan showing the location and extent of the proposal
- an indication of the level of community support for the proposal and how this was determined - eg community meeting or petition
- the views of the council (or local authority if not in a council area)
- any comments from affected individuals, agencies or interest groups.
The Surveyor-General is responsible for investigating naming proposals, and makes recommendations to the Minister.
How to comment on a proposal
Written submissions relating to a current naming proposal are welcome from anyone around the world and must be forwarded to the GNU.
A submission must include:
- the name and address of the person making the submission
- details of your support or opposition to the proposal
- any counter proposal relating to the situation
- any general comments.
Current naming proposals
These naming proposals have followed the Geographical names guidelines and are available through:
- the government gazette
- notices in the local paper or The Advertiser (Surveyor-General determines the most appropriate).
When a proposal is successfully completed emergency services, council and Australia Post are notified.
All the links in these tables are to downloadable documents. They are all PDFs and their individual size will not exceed 2.4MB.
For an alternative version of any document on this page contact GNU.
Past naming proposals
|Description||Gazette Notice||Submission Deadline||Outcome|
|Declaration of the dual naming of Kati Thanda with Lake Eyre (North) and Lake Eyre (South).||Notice of declaration of names of places || ||Assigned vide Government Gazette 3 January 2013|
|Notice to alter a minor boundary of Daveyston/ Freeling.||Notice to alter || ||Assigned vide Government Gazette 22 December 2012|
|Notice to rescind Murdlunha and rename as Mudlunha Vambata.||Notice to rescind and rename || ||Rescinded and Renamed as assigned vide Government Gazette 22 December 2012|
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