Anzac commemorative naming project

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Eight information sessions have been held across Victoria.

Information on this page

Anzac soldierIn 2015 Australia will mark the 100 year anniversary of the Anzac forces landing at Gallipoli.

During the Anzac centenary period (2014–18), the Victorian government is conducting a commemorative naming project in partnership with naming authorities, primarily councils. 

The project is an opportunity for Victorians to acknowledge the wartime service and sacrifice of their local municipality's military service people or locals who supported Australia's military cause.

Victorians are being asked to research these people from their municipalities and provide proposals to their local councils. Councils will then decide which name proposals should be used to name or rename roads, geographical features or localities.

There will also be the opportunity to:

  • record the history behind the names in Victoria's register of geographic names, VICNAMES
  • record in VICNAMES the history of existing roads, features or localities already named in honour of service people.

Resources for researchers

A pilot study was conducted in 2011 involving five councils. Each one developed a compendium of commemorative names for roads, features and infrastructure according to their planning needs.

Based on feedback from the pilot study, the Office of Geographic Names has developed a project guidance sheet for researchers:

Taking part in the project

What is the process?

A series of websites and resources where information can be found

Researchers are required to submit to their council a name proposal checklist. Following is one for researchers to complete and a completed list to use as an example:

Name proposal checklist

Resources for councils

Every municipal council will be offered a grant of $1000 from the Office of Geographic Names (OGN). 

Information about and the application form to receive this grant:

Councils taking part in the project will require researchers to submit a name proposal checklist (see above).

A list of the most appropriate features that OGN would gazette and register has been created. This includes airfields and bridges to walks and yards, in all 242 geographic features.

A council report guide has been created to enable council officers to effectively communicate with councillors and assist them in their decision making processes.

Information sessions

Eight information sessions have been held across Victoria. 

Contact us

The Office of Geographic Names is managing the Anzac Commemorative Naming Project on behalf of the Veterans Unit of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

For further information please contact:

Rafe Benli
Project Officer, Office of Geographic Names
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning 
03 8636 2851

Page last reviewed on 2 March 2017

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