The following guidelines have been prepared to assist persons in selecting suitable names to submit to the Committee for the naming of streets, parks and reserves under the Place Names Act.
The Committee will consider all suggestions and these guidelines in no way inhibit the Committee from considering or recommending names which appear to fall outside them.
Anyone can propose a new place name, but the Committee has adopted rules of naming which act as guiding principles for any proposals.
They are generally as follows:-
- Names should be associated with the Northern Territory.
- Names should not duplicate or nearly duplicate either in sound or spelling an existing name in the same local government area or an adjacent locality or suburb in an adjoining local government area.
- Names of persons will not be used during the person's life time. If a deceased person is to be commemorated, generally the surname is chosen.
- Deceased persons will not generally be commemorated within the first year following their death.
- Combination of names or both given and family names are not acceptable; however, both given and family names may be used when naming a park.
- Names submitted are to be accompanied by supporting reasons, which can be authenticated.
- When a recently deceased person's name is suggested, the permission of a member of the family is required.
- Names should not be duplicated within the subdivision by using a different generic term for the road, e.g. court, off a street of the same name.