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Help name the new kindergarten at 16 Spring Street, Thomastown

We are building a new kindergarten located at Thomastown Primary School. Have your say about what you think the name should be.

We are building a new kindergarten located at Thomastown Primary School, which will be open from Term 1 in 2021. The $5.1 million project will include two rooms for three and four-year-olds, and is supported by a $650,000 grant from the Victorian State Government.

Have your say on the kindergarten’s name

In line with Council’s Naming Policy and the Victorian State Government Naming Rules, you're invited to help us choose a name for this new kindergarten. See the ‘Naming policy and rules’ section below for some of the main points to keep in mind before you respond to the following questions in your submission:

  1. What is important to you in the name of a kindergarten?
  2. What name would you like to propose for this kindergarten that you think would be meaningful for the local community?
  3. Should the name you propose be chosen and endorsed through the Council naming process, and you wish to be notified directly about that outcome, please include your name and best contact phone number or email address with your submission. Please note this is optional, you are not required to supply your name or contact details for your submission to be considered.

Make a submission

You can make a submission in one of the following ways by 5pm on Monday 1 June 2020.


Post: Family, Children & Young People department, City of Whittlesea, Locked Bag 1, Bundoora MDC VIC 3083

Online survey 

Naming policy and rules

Your proposed name must not contravene any of the 12 naming principles contained in the Naming Rules for Places in Victoria and listed here:

  1. Ensuring public safety
  2. Recognising the public interest
  3. Linking the name to place
  4. Ensuring names are not duplicated
  5. Names must not be discriminatory
  6. Recognition and use of Aboriginal languages in naming
  7. Dual names - naming with two distinct parts, usually one part of non-Aboriginal language origin and the other of Aboriginal language origin
  8. Using commemorative names
  9. Using commercial and business names is not allowed
  10. Language - Names should be easy to pronounce. Prefixes, symbols, punctuation marks and abbreviations are not allowed
  11. Directional names north, south, east and west must be avoided
  12. Assigning extent to a road, feature or locality - Council must clearly define the area and/or extent to which the name will apply.

Further detail on these principles and the full Naming Rules can be accessed at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

Support and assistance

Your submission to Council should be in writing and in English. If you are unable to provide your submission in writing and/or in English, please contact the Governance Department by telephone on 9217 2294 to discuss alternative ways you may be able to have your say on this issue.
If you do not speak English, we offer various language services to help you communicate with us including Victorian Interpreting and Translating Services (VITS) and LanguageLinks. If you have a hearing or speech impairment you may use the National Relay Service by calling 133 677.

Process and outcome

Suggestions received will be collated and evaluated by Council who will make the final decision on the naming of the Kindergarten in compliance with the relevant naming rules and conventions. The chosen name will be made public for final comment as per relevant statutory requirements.


If you have any questions or would like further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 9404 8825 or by email to
If you would like more information on the formal process for the proposed naming, please contact the Governance Department on 9217 2294 or refer to the Naming Guidelines using the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website address above.