To be or not to be in Hydes Creek

The Geographical Names Board is seeking public comment on a proposal from Bellingen Shire Council to formalise the address locality of Hydes Creek.

As reported in the Courier-Sun (May 30),  Hydes Creek currently only exists as a watercourse and as an unofficial ‘rural place’, because when localities were being defined and gazetted in 2006, the area informally known as Hydes Creek was divided between Bellingen and Valery.

It’s not listed as a valid address in the Telstra directory, which has been known to cause confusion for Emergency services.

After campaigning by local residents, council put a proposal to the Geographical Names Board to reflect local usage by amending the locality boundaries of Valery and Bellingen to create Hydes Creek.

“An important element of determining place names and boundaries is endeavouring to meet the approval of affected residents,” said Mrs Narelle Underwood, Chair of the Geographical Names Board.

“So it can consider resident feedback the GNB is encouraging community comment before it considers adopting council’s proposal.”

Copies of map GNB3736-2-A showing the proposed locality boundary amendments will be on display at Bellingen Shire Council Chambers and the Bellingen Library.

The proposal can also be viewed and submissions lodged on the Geographical Names Board’s website at

Email submissions can be lodged with the Secretary, Geographical Names Board

Otherwise people can write to the Secretary, Geographical Names Board, 346 Panorama Ave, Bathurst, NSW 2795.

“Residents are invited to view the proposed boundary amendments and lodge submissions with the Geographical Names Board by Friday October 5,” Mrs Underwood said.

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