New name needed for popular shared path at Kurnell

Silver Beach Promenade has been ruled out as the official name for the 2.2 kilometre shared path at Kurnell, which was completed this year.

Kurnell Precinct & Progress Residents Association requested the name, but the Geographical Names Board (GNB) said it would be confusing for emergency and essential services and delivery drivers because of existing Silver Beach Road.

As a result, Sutherland Shire Council agreed to "reluctantly" advise the progress association the name would not be supported.

The association was asked to consider an alternative name.

The shared path begins at Bonna Point Reserve, and links to an existing walking track established on the shoreline of the Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

During construction, the project was called Silver Beach Shared Pathway.

The GNB advised the council walkways were typically given a formal place name (as opposed to a facility name), which ensured they were recognised on maps and by emergency services.

The council was told its options were:

  • Submit as a road name proposal. However, this would cause a duplication with the existing Silver Beach Road and would be rejected.
  • Submit as a place name proposal. However, the use of the word Promenade would most likely not be allowed as Promenade is a road type (this assumption is based on previous place naming applications being rejected using a road type in the name).

"The purpose of place names is primarily to provide unambiguous direction and reference to identify geographical entities," the GNB said.

"Duplication of locality names is to be avoided because of the confusion this will cause, particularly in the dispatch of emergency services."