The Geographic Names Board (GNB) has announced that the 16 Parramatta Light Rail stops are now open to community feedback. Transport for NSW has consulted with the City of Parramatta, historical societies, Aboriginal cultural knowledge-holders and other stakeholders on the proposed names that reference Dharug language, cricket legends and local leaders, celebrating the history and culture of Parramatta.
The closing date for submissions is 18 January 2021.
Details of the proposed names can be viewed and submissions lodged on the Geographical Names Board’s website.
As a guide names should be:
- Easily pronounced.
- Under 25 characters (for Light Rail Vehicle displays, information displays on stops, and other signage – TfNSW prefers anything up to 12 characters, with a maximum of 17 characters) per stop.
- Names of Aboriginal origin or with an historical background are preferred.
- Not generic No repetition of places.
Public consultation and making a submission
At its 17 November meeting, the GNB endorsed all 16 stop name recommendations. These names are:
- Westmead, named after the suburb it is located within. It is where customers will alight for Westmead Train Station, T-Way bus services and future Sydney Metro services.
- Westmead Hospital, named after Westmead Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, which is adjacent to the stop.
- Gurung, near The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. The proposed name is a Dharug word for a baby or small child.
- Ngara, located in the current Cumberland Hospital’s East Campus. The proposed name is a Dharug word, meaning ‘to listen, hear, think’.
- Benaud, named to commemorate ‘Parramatta boy’ Richard Benaud, OBE, celebrated cricketer and sports commentator, who grew up in North Parramatta. Richie Benaud Oval, is a short walking distance of the stop.
- Fennell Street, named after the nearby Fennell Street, one of the area’s first streets and named in 1823 after Captain John Fennell.
- Prince Alfred Square, named after the local, highly recognisable landmark of Prince Alfred Square.
- Church Street Mall, takes its name from its location.
- Parramatta Square, named after the adjacent Parramatta Square, a retail, commercial, and public space in the heart of Parramatta, where customers will alight for Parramatta Station train and bus services and future Sydney Metro services.
- Robin Thomas, takes its name from the adjacent Robin Thomas Reserve. Former Mayor of Parramatta and local businessman, Alderman Alfred Robert Cayley ‘Robin’ Thomas represented the community on Parramatta Council for over 30 years.
- Tramway Avenue, takes its name from its location and gives a nod to the route that the original Parramatta trams followed between 1881 and 1943.
- Rosehill Gardens, will be the principal public transport connection to the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.
- Yallamundi, located on the site of the former Rydalmere Railway Station, south of Victoria Road, Rydalmere. The proposed name is a Dharug word, reflecting ‘storytelling’ which provides a connection to the nearby Western Sydney University (Parramatta South) campus.
- Dundas, Telopea and Carlingford have been named after the areas they service and are well known to the local community as the previous railway station names.