Historic Opportunity to Name Moreton Bay's Newest City
Published 10 August 2021
It’s time to put Caboolture West on the map!... Just with a better place name than that.
Moreton Bay Regional Council is seeking your ideas on a name for the newest city in Moreton Bay Region, to give it a strong community identity and ensure it appropriately reflects the character of this rural area.
Mayor Peter Flannery said while it would be a home for future residents, he wanted locals to be the first to put forward suggestions.
“Its current nickname, ‘Caboolture West’ doesn’t really cut it, so we’re putting out a call to the community to help us put a name on the map; one that captures the essence of this area and the future city it will be,” Mayor Flannery said.
“Naming a city and suburbs is no easy process - so people should consider this as a once in a lifetime, history making opportunity to get involved.
“The final names chosen for the new development will help support the creation of liveable and desirable communities.
“When thinking about place names we need the remember that they are more than addresses or tools to help us navigate to locations; they tell us a story about the place and its people.
”And I want this major development area to be well-planned with current and future communities in mind right from the beginning, and this all starts with the name.”
Division 12 Councillor Tony Latter said this will be a community-centric process.
“However that does not mean we’ll select the name by popular choice; we will follow stringent assessment criteria,” he said.
“To oversee this process we’re establishing a Place Naming Committee and calling for nominations from interested locals who want to be part of this moment in history.
“The Place Naming Committee will compile and recommend a shortlist for Council consideration to help inform their decision on a new name for Caboolture West, the potential future suburbs within it.
“Council will then work with the State Government to formalise selected suburbs.”
Over the next 40 years, this area is expected to become Moreton Bay Region’s biggest emerging community bringing with it new business, employment, education and lifestyle opportunities, as well as diverse housing options and outdoor experiences.
To get your creative ideas flowing maybe look for inspiration in names that honour local people and their contribution to community, consider the unique climatic or natural features of the region, acknowledge the local or Indigenous heritage or capture aspirations for the future.
Council has welcomed community involvement through:
- A short survey to put forward your suggestions for place names (survey now open)
- The Place Naming Committee that will compile a recommended list of place names from the survey (nominations to be considered for a position now open)
- Focus groups that will help Council redefine the boundaries and protect the identities of existing suburbs affected by the coming development (expressions of interest now closed).
Visit yoursay.moretonbay.qld.gov.au today to learn more and to register your interest.