Community guide to place interpretation and naming in our public spaces

A photo of a man reading a commemorative plaque in Bendigo's city centre

There is a high demand on public spaces in Greater Bendigo for a variety of activities.

Place interpretation and naming therefore needs to be well considered, planned, designed, displayed and maintained to enhance public spaces for residents and visitors, enable access, inclusion and enjoyment for all, and interpret the many stories about Greater Bendigo places, events and people that are significant to the wider community.

The City of Greater Bendigo (City) has developed a Community guide to place interpretation to support the community, Council and officers with a balanced, transparent and consistent approach to place interpretation and naming requests by providing:

  • Principles to guide assessment of requests
  • Conditions for actioning requests

This guide works in conjunction with the City’s Place Interpretation and Naming Policy providing a process for the community when making a request to the City for place interpretation and naming requests.

Requests will be assessed against a set of principles in order to preserve and protect Greater Bendigo’s public spaces for the enjoyment of our community now and into the future.

Making a request

Important things you need to know before you start:

  • Anyone can apply
  • An application form must be completed for all requests
  • Please read the Place Interpretation and Naming Policy before making a request
  • It is important to have a full understanding of the policy and guidelines before you start completing the online application
  • We strongly recommend that you discuss your request with a City officer

Please tick all of the principles (for descriptions of the Principles, please refer to the Community Guide) which apply to the proposal. A proposal must address the following principles in order to be considered. Note that not all the principles will apply to each request. 

Please attach a document if your text exceeds the character limit

Please attach a photo or a drawing of what it will look like, or a word document with further name information.

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Are you the owner, manager or delegated authority?*
Have you assessed the risk of your proposal?*
Will a Planning or Building permit be required?*
Is there a similar asset, fixture or name already in Greater Bendigo?*


If you can, please provide a map location link using Community Compass (copy the URL in the address bar once you find the location) or the latitude and longitude from Google Maps (right click on a spot and select 'What's here').

Contact details

If making an application as an individual, please type NA.


I understand that the City of Greater Bendigo reserves the right to action, change or decline this proposal, in accordance with the Place Interpretation and Naming Policy.*

Contact us

If you have any queries please contact the Parks and Open Space Team on 1300 002 642 or email [email protected]

We welcome your feedback.

Did you know you can log requests online?

This includes several bin requests such as missed bins, footpath maintenance, tree inspections and general requests. Visit our make a request page.

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