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Lanes Road renaming/renumbering proposal

Council is proposing to rename the section of Lanes Road that extends from Princes Highway, Nicholson through to Middle Creek (shown in yellow and pink on the below map). This means that properties along this section of road would retain their road numbering but would be allocated a new road name.

Under this proposal, properties along Lanes Road, west of middle creek (shown in green) would retain the name Lanes Road, however, would be allocated a new road number that reflects the distance from the start of the road at the Great Alpine Road.

The extended community is invited to provide feedback on this proposal.

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There have been numerous accounts of confusion reported due to this address anomaly. Council received a request from the Bairnsdale Fire Brigade to undertake appropriate action to investigate property addressing anomalies on Lanes Road in the localities of Nicholson and Lucknow as a matter of community safety.


Council has an obligation in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989, the Geographic Place Names Act 1998 and associated guidelines to ensure public safety and responsible service delivery to the community. Where Council receives notification of an incident that has created the potential for confusion and risk to public safety, Council must take steps to rectify the situation. 


If the course of a road has been permanently obstructed or closed, a new unique name must be applied to one end of the road.  This is particularly important when an emergency service vehicle cannot navigate the entire course of the road from one end to the other.  It is not acceptable to apply a direction to each end of the road in these instances; therefore, Council cannot simply update the road name to Lanes Road West and Lanes Road East.


Lanes Road currently extends from the Princes Highway at Nicholson through to the Great Alpine Road at Lucknow. As a result of amalgamations where part of Lanes Road was in the former Shire of Bairnsdale and part in the former City of Bairnsdale, there is a duplication in street addressing along this road. Lanes Road is also no longer a through road, with the road being cut between Jennings Lane and Phillips Lane at Middle Creek, as shown in above map.


Council believes this proposal will retain the historical significance of Lanes Road, as it is considered that the road was named after the Lane family who were early settlers at Lucknow. Samuel Lane was the licensee of the Lucknow Hotel that was situated where the current Bairnsdale Sporting and Convention Centre stands today (opposite the entrance to the western end of Lanes Road).


Council must take action to eliminate any confusion caused by the current situation and consider public safety and ease of identification of properties in case of an emergency and/or service delivery.  This proposal adheres to the Naming rules for places in Victoria– Statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities 2016 (the Naming Rules) and Australian New Zealand Standards for rural and urban addressing AS/NZS 4819:2011.




This proposal complies with the Naming rules for places in Victoria – Statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities – 2016.


Affected property owners/ratepayers/occupiers are being consulted regarding the renaming proposal and Council will advertise the results of this consultation in due course.

Community members are invited to respond to this proposal before its formal consideration by the Office of Geographic Names.


All comments must be in writing and can be submitted as shown below:


How to provide feedback

  • Hand deliver in the mail chute located at the front of Council’s Corporate Centre – 273 Main Street, Bairnsdale
  • Post to PO Box 1618, Bairnsdale 3875; or
  • Email us

Anyone with a general enquiry regarding this process can seek more information from Council’s Rates and Valuations Team on (03) 5153 9500.


Submissions close 5pm, Friday 17 July 2020




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