As the streets in The Vale Stage 4 edge closer and closer to completion we thought you might be interested to know how we go about naming them.
Many of those streets have been names that acknowledge the traditional owners of the Illawarra and the Dharawal people.
Traditional Dharawal lands are the area running south of Sydney Harbour, through Georges River, Botany Bay, Port Hacking and south beyond the Shoalhaven River to the Beecroft Peninsula and reaching inland to Campbelltown and Camden.
Wonjandal is the traditional name for the area between The Vale Stage 4 and Dapto and Dabroo is the traditional name for the area surrounding the northern branch of Mullet Creek, branching off from the main creek just north of Horsely and stretching up towards Wongawilli, Vista Park and the escarpment.
Many of you may be aware that, since we settled on these street names and had them approved by the Council and the Geographical Names Board (GNB), the GNB has announced that it is committed to encouraging Aboriginal place names in NSW – while our intention in selecting these names was to respect the traditional owners of the area (and the selection of these names was done in consultation with the local land council) it seems we also got a head start on the GNB!