Council has rejected a proposal to change the name of Chiton
Way in Point Lonsdale to Casablanca Way.
The proposal had been put forward by the street’s
developer, citing the potential for the name to cause offence if mispronounced.
The correct pronunciation of ‘chiton’ is ‘ky-ton’.
In voting unanimously to reject the name change during
Tuesday night’s meeting, councillors cited the lack of strong support from
Seven of 11 property owners on the street responded to a survey, with only four
in favour of the re-naming and three against.
Chitons are marine molluscs, commonly found
along rocky shores. Deputy Mayor Peter Murrihy noted during the meeting that
this was in keeping with the names of adjoining streets, Limpet Circuit and
Councillor Bruce Harwood, Mayor:
This is a good result. Common sense has prevailed with this decision.
The name ‘Chiton Way’ was originally selected because it’s relevant to the
marine life of the area, making it a good fit for the town.
We believe the community is mature enough to respect the correct pronunciation
– ‘ky-ton’ – and keeping the name as it is will save residents the trouble of
having to update their address.