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Proposal to rename early childhood centre Mill Park Drive Children's Centre.

We are proposing to rename the existing early childhood centre at 152 Mill Park Drive, Mill Park to Mill Park Drive Children's Centre.

During October we asked the community for their suggestions for a new name for the early childhood centre at 152 Mill Park Drive in Mill Park.

The building is owned by Council and is currently leased to Melbourne City Mission (MCM) who have been operating a licensed children’s service known as Norparrin Children’s Centre. With the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), MCM has changed the way it delivers its service to the community. This change will mean MCM will discontinue their children’s service licence and their building lease will expire at the end of February 2021.

In 2019, the State Government introduced kindergarten reform that will see the introduction of 5 hours of funded kindergarten for three-year-olds in 2022, increasing to 15 hours by 2029. Council has identified that the facility at 152 Mill Park Drive is purpose-built for kindergarten provision and therefore key to being able to meet future community kindergarten demand.

As we transition towards rolling out three-year-old kindergarten, an alternative early childhood provider will begin offering early childhood programs for local families from the building at 152 Mill Park Drive from 2021 onwards. 

The proposal

Following a thorough shortlist process, Mill Park Drive Children’s Centre was identified to align most strongly to the Naming Rules for Places in Victoria and Council’s Naming Policy for Features.  It allows the centre to be easily identified and located, it is easy to pronounce, cannot be confused with other early childhood centres and reflects the street on which the centre is located.

Public submissions

In accordance with Naming Rules for Places in Victoria public submissions are invited on the proposed name Mill Park Drive Children’s Centre ’ by 5.00pm, Saturday 12 December 2020 by email to kinderplanning@whittlesea.vic.gov.au or post to Family, Children and Young People Department, City of Whittlesea Locked Bag 1, Bundoora MDC 3083.

If you object to the proposed name, please explain why you believe the name does not comply with any of the following general principles contained in the Naming Rules for Places in Victoria 2016:

  • Ensuring public safety
  • Recognising the public interest
  • Linking the name to place
  • Ensuring names are not duplicated
  • Names must not be discriminatory
  • Recognition and use of Aboriginal languages in naming
  • Dual names (naming with two distinct parts, usually one part of non-Aboriginal language origin and the other of Aboriginal language origin
  • Using commemorative names
  • Using commercial and business names is not allowed
  • Language (Names should be easy to pronounce. Prefixes, symbols, punctuation marks and abbreviations are not allowed.)
  • Directional names north, south, east and west must be avoided
  • Assigning extent to a road, feature or locality (Council must clearly define the area and/or extent to which the name will apply.)

Further information on these general principles and the Naming Rules can be accessed via the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website at:

http://www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/property-and-land-titles/naming-places-features-and-roads/naming-rules-for-places-in-victoria

Support and assistance

If you would like to make an objection it should be in writing and in English unless this unreasonably prevents or hinders you from participating.  If you are unable to provide your objection in writing and/or in English and there are any adjustments we can make to assist you to make a submission, please contact Council on 9217 2294 to discuss the means by which you may make an objection. 

If you do not speak English, we offer various language services to help you communicate with us including VITS and LanguageLinks.  If you have a hearing or speech impairment you may use the National Relay Service. 

Outcome

If you lodge an objection, Council will respond to your objection in writing and will notify you of the outcome of the public consultation.

Enquiries

If you have any questions or would like further information, please don’t hesitate to contact  9404 8825 or by email to kinderplanning@whittlesea.vic.gov.au.

If you would like more information on the formal process for the naming proposal, please contact the Governance Department on 9217 2294 or refer to the Naming Guidelines using the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.