A Marys Mount subdivision will have a motor racing theme for its street names, following a council decision.
But the move to use motorcycle and car names for the streets in the Teneriffe subdivision was not without controversy.
The developer requested the following names:
- Brooklands Circuit
- Aston Martin Drive
- Bonneville Boulevard
- Roebuck Street, after the late Goulburn racing identity, Phillip Roebuck
- Norton Street
- Indian Avenue
- Lazenby Way
- Triumph Street, and
- Matchless Avenue.
Some of these related to motorcycle makes, companies or circuits, while Aston Martin and Lazenby were tributes to James Bond and actor George Lazenby, who starred in On Her Majesty's Secret Service and was born in Goulburn.
But Cr Andrew Banfield, a motorcyclist himself, took exception.
"To be frank... I don't recall George Lazenby doing anything great for this community," he said.
He moved an amendment, which removed Lazenby and six other names and only allowed Roebuck Street and Indian Avenue.
The latter recognises Indian Motorcycles from the US, which raced in Goulburn's first Tourist Trophy event in 1914, a report stated.
Cr Banfield said he well understood the tribute to Mr Roebuck, a motorcyclist who had "well and truly" made a contribution to the community.
Cr Margaret O'Neill also objected, saying it was a "slap in the face" to call streets after a car or bike.
She called for adherence to the council's street naming policy. However this does allow developers to propose names for subdivisions.
Mayor Bob Kirk pointed out that a person had to be deceased to have a street named after them and Mr Lazenby wasn't dead.
But councillors were in a bind after allowing another Marys Mount developer in 2016 to name subdivision streets after ships, a fact Cr Carol James highlighted.
Planning staff had recommended approval, saying they were unique to the council area and complied with other aspects of the street naming policy, including that they "did not refer to a living person."
But Deputy Mayor Peter Walker and Cr O'Neill pushed for an amendment to allow just some of the names and reject others. This was voted down.
Instead, all will be allowed but councillors will review the street name policy before considering any more applications.
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