Application to change name

THE Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) is currently reviewing an application to discontinue and re-apply the township name of "Whitsunday".

Historian Neil Francey, who has made the application said the changes he suggested would be to the benefit of all.

"The current approved names 'Whitsunday Coast', 'Whitsundays' and 'Whitsunday' apply to inappropriately small areas and should be amended to correct anomalies such as Lindeman and Pentecost Islands not being included in the Whitsundays, and for the monopoly of the name Whitsunday over the area from Shute Harbour to Cannonvale to be removed, so it can be used more widely for the benefit of everyone in the wider region," he said.

"I believe there would be benefits to the wider community on a number of levels - in the interests of historical accuracy, in the interests of businesses being able to use (specific) business names and in the interests of social cohesion."

DERM's Regional Manager of Planning and Assessment (Central West) Ian Gordon said DERM was now contacting key stakeholders, including Whitsunday Regional Council and Tourism Whitsunday for feedback. Stakeholder feedback closes on December 4.

"DERM will review the feedback and the Minister will determine whether to proceed with the application.

Depending on the outcome of this decision, a formal public submission process may follow," Mr Gordon said.

Mr Gordon said earlier this year DERM had rejected a proposal to discontinue the locality name of Whitsundays and the district name of Whitsunday Coast, and also rejected a proposal to create new localities for Daydream, Hamilton, Hayman, Hook, Long Island and Molle and Whitsunday Isles following a public consultation process.

The Whitsunday Regional mayor Mike Brunker and Member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt are both opposed to any name change.


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