Street name in Horsley Park divides Fairfield councillors

Elias Shamoon made an application to name a street in Horsley Park Barwar Close. It was approved by the council  on Tuesday night despite the council receiving objections to it. Picture: Simon Bennett

Elias Shamoon made an application to name a street in Horsley Park Barwar Close. It was approved by the council on Tuesday night despite the council receiving objections to it. Picture: Simon Bennett

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AN APPLICATION to name a street in Horsley Park after a large area in northern Iraq has been approved despite Fairfield Council receiving six objections from the public.

Debate was sparked at the most recent ordinary council meeting, with the majority of councillors agreeing to name the new street — off Burley Road — "Barwar Close".

The application to name the street Barwar Close came from Elias Shamoon, who had subdivided the site and was required to build the road.

When the council asked him what he wanted the road to be called he said "Barwar" had meaning for his family.

But the council's street names committee was divided over the proposed name and placed it on public exhibition last month.

The council received six letters objecting to the name Barwar, some claiming it had no connection to the history of the area.

Councillor Del Bennett told the council that the street should be named after a person who had some historical significance to the area.

She said naming the street Weston, after George Nicholas Weston, who built the Horsley Homestead, would be more suitable.

"People were allowed to have streets named after them because they did a lot for the area," she said.

"They either owned the land for decades or did a lot of work for the area which is why I support the name Weston and not Barwar Close."

Cr Bennett said naming the street Morrissey, after John Morrissey, who opened the first school at Horsley Park, would also reflect the history of Horsley Park.

Cr Joe Molluso agreed.

"We have every reason to name the street after people who have a history in Horsley Park and Fairfield in general and yet they are being overlooked for a [place] overseas," he said.

"I'm intrigued."

But Cr Lawrence White disagreed.

"We can drive down some streets in the area and see some roads called Brisbane Road and Melbourne Road, so I don't understand what the problem is if someone who owns the land and wants it named after them or a place where they come from," he said.

"I don't see a problem with this at all."

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