Some in Rosebud West want the name changed to Capel Sound. Photo: Penny Stephens Capel Sound foreshore. Photo: Penny Stephens
According to a local survey, 80 per cent of residents support the name change. Photo: supplied
The peninsula suburb of Rosebud West may soon have a new name, with a group of residents agitating for a change to genteel-sounding Capel Sound.
Ditching the Rosebud West name would encourage residents to take better care of their properties, be more involved in their local community and repair a “disconnect between the name of our township and its real character”.
“It is not just about a name change,” resident and campaign leader Terry Wright said. “It is about character of our own and that is a different thing. [It is about] the fact that we are totally associated with Rosebud and are just a directional locality of it.”
Mr Wright said Capel Sound was already used to identify the local shopping centre, several businesses and the local camping area, and was originally the name of a large stretch of water between Rye and Rosebud West. Asked whether changing the name would make it harder for non-residents to identify the area, Mr Wright said “all you do is say ‘near Rosebud or west of Rosebud.’ Big deal.”
Rosebud West has about 4,500 residents and already has its own postcode, 3940. Rosebud itself has about 12,500 residents. While suburb boundaries are often shifted to include or exclude particular areas, it was rare for a suburb to change its name completely.
The Capel Sound 3940 group has conducted surveys of hundreds of residents and found about 80 per cent supported a name change. A formal application was due to be lodged with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council on Monday or Tuesday.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Bev Colomb said council officers “had been assisting and advising the proponents on the necessary processes that need to be followed”.
Once council receives the application, they would start a 30-day consultation period and send a letter to every Rosebud West ratepayer. Council would then decide whether to proceed with or abandon the proposal, which also needs to be ratified by the state’s Office of Geographical Names.
“I look forward to discussing the proposal with my councillor colleagues when the submission is received,” the Mayor said.
Rosebud West has been identified as an area of disadvantage for several years in a row by the Dropping off the Edge survey. It has worse results than Rosebud itself and several years ago was selected by the council for special funding in a community renewal project.
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