WHERE? Brightwater in Mountain Creek even causes locals confusion.
WHERE? Brightwater in Mountain Creek even causes locals confusion. Contributed

Could these Coast suburbs be in line for a name change?

HAVE you ever been confused over whether you're in Brightwater or Mountain Creek?

Or wondered what to call the hill overlooking Nambour on the north-eastern side of the township?

The Sunshine Coast Council has put forward naming ideas for several landmarks around Nambour and a proposal to create a new suburb in Caloundra South to solve this particular problem.

Via Facebook, Councillor Christian Dickson also suggested making the Brightwater housing estate its own suburb rather than continuing to define the area as part of Mountain Creek.

Brightwater resident Michael Hehir believes council has the right idea.

"It's very confusing for people; you say (for people to go to) Mountain Creek and they end up over the other side of the motorway near Glenfields," he said.

"I've had confusion with ordering things online too."

Brightwater couple Troy Clark and Shannon Cahill-Clark said the proposals made sense to them as well.

"It's big enough to be its own suburb and (Brightwater) is what it's known as," Mr Clark said.

However, some comments on Cr Dickson's post raised concerns over the idea of re-naming suburbs after developer estates.

Matt Druce presented his view by posting: "I live in Sippy Downs but I say no way!

"Doing this would set a precedent for the entire Sunshine Coast, allowing residents in housing estates to leverage council to make their 'housing estate' a suburb (which will) in turn fracture our region into more and more smaller pieces, in a way disconnecting us all further from each other.

"As a representative of the Sippy Downs and District Community Association, it's difficult enough getting volunteers without then, in our suburb's case, ending up with a Chancellor Park Residents Group, Flame Tree Pocket Residents Group, Bellflower Residents Group, and so on and so on."

This concern of developers determining suburb names was echoed by a small number of other commentators.

But Greg Smith, the president of the peak organisation for residents' associations, OSCAR, said as long as the community's voice was being fairly represented, he saw no problem.

"If (suburb names) were changed as a result of genuine community consultations, I'd be comfortable with that," he said.

For Caloundra historian Anne Wensley, it was a shame to have a suburb name without historical or community significance.

"To get a sense of community, we link (the name) with something the suburb was known for," she said.

"We want that history of the streets so people can wonder 'Why is this street or suburb called that?' and learn about them."

Ms Wensley pointed to the Aura development in Caloundra South as another example of developers choosing suburb names which are disconnected to the community.

Residents have until April 21 to make submissions and can find out how to do so via www.dnrm.qld.gov.au or by phoning 137 468.



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