Armidale Regional Council hosted an informal ceremony for the community as it unveiled street signs at the newly named Morris Street – named in memory of Aboriginal Elder Sarah Morris.
Veronica (Bonnie) Walford, Chair of the Gayinyaga Committee spoke at the ceremony to explain the name’s significance to the community.
“Many residents on and around Morris Street are descendants of Sarah Morris and her husband Frank Archibald,” Ms Walford said.
Council’s Land Information/Property Officer Kylie Steel said that Council had consulted with the community to come up with a new name for this section of Cookes Road.
“A proposed subdivision on Cookes Road highlighted addressing anomalies. This was compounded by unformed road extents between Mann Street and Kirkwood Street which left Cookes Road in sections,” said Ms Steel.
“To resolve the issues and provide residents with clear addresses, Council resolved to put in place what would affect residents the least. This was to rename and renumber one section of Cookes Road and renumber another section.”
Council contacted property owners and residents between Mann Street and Long Swamp Road in Armidale to advise that this section would be renamed and invited them to submit ideas for a new road name.
After speaking with the Elders, Council’s Gayinyaga Committee put forward ‘Morris Street’.
Council commenced the road naming process, which involves the Geographical Names Board and further consultation with 10 Government departments and the community, and gazetted ‘Morris Street’ on 23 June 2017.
Council thanks the assistance and cooperation of the Gayinyaga Committee and the Gunida Gunyah Aboriginal Corporation, managers of the Armidale Local Aboriginal Land Council homes. The new addresses have been forwarded to several authorities by Council, and residents have been provided with assistance letters to help update their details with organisations.
Published on 08 Aug 2017