Street name censors want us all to live on PC Street

IF YOU blushed every time you had to tell a colleague you lived at 16 Sweet Lip Place, would you wish someone had come up with a classier title for your street - or would you relish in the suggestiveness?

While some of our region's street names may be as eccentric and diverse as our local population, that may soon change under new rules set down by the Geographical Names Board.

And if the changes are introduced, Sweet Lip Place in Ballina North is just one of many street names in the Northern Rivers which could fail an "offensiveness test" to be applied to proposed new road names in the future.

So too might Wild Goose Chase - in our southern neighbour Clarence Valley Council - on the grounds of inanity.

Generic, often duplicated names are also on the chopping block, including any name starting with definitive "The" such as brain-numbingly staid The Avenue and The Grove.

Likewise, the ever reliable Short St - in existence at 18 separate locations from Tweed to Yamba - could face extinction.

And who the hell is Lord Roberts? Or for that matter Sir Valston Hancock? These names refer to Lord Roberts St in Burringbar of course, and Sir Valston Hancock Drive in Evans Head.

No offence to these surely upstanding gentlemen (in their day), but individual names may be disallowed, given people tend to forget about them over time.

Geographical Names Board deputy chair Paul Harcombe said there were risks in naming streets after living individuals.

"It can cause problems in the local community where people can argue about the merit of a person," he said.

The classic example is Alan Bond - who went from "hero to zero", famously funding Australia II's winning America's Cup bid in 1983, only to be jailed for fraud in 1997.

Despite the humour, serious rationale behind the changes, according to Mr Harcombe.

Mr Harcombe said the overall intent was to remove some of the difficulty for emergency services finding generic and duplicated street names in life-threatening circumstances.

"We end up with a unique and unambiguous consistent addressing in NSW," Mr Harcombe said.

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