Signs of residents’ Gory battle
A GORY story has been stirring in Lake Macquarie for almost a year, but it has nothing to do with sharks.
A group of Buttaba residents are seeing red over Lake Macquarie City Council taking nine months to deal with their concerns about their street name being changed without their knowledge.
As reported last May, the council changed Glen Gory Avenue to Glen Cory Avenue.
Residents said the council failed to tell them of the decision until a new street sign was erected.
They petitioned for the street name to revert to Glen Gory Avenue.
In response, the council posted public notices in August about its intention to change the name back to Glen Gory Avenue, but since then the matter has stalled.
Resident Faye Purnell said the council had given her the run-around.
‘‘They keep telling me it’s not important enough to come up to a council meeting, but it’s important to residents,’’ Mrs Purnell said.
A council statement said staff ‘‘researched the history behind the name confusion, consulted with residents and sought advice from the Geographical Names Board’’.
‘‘The council report has been completed and submitted for inclusion in an upcoming council meeting [expected to be in March],’’ it said.
‘‘In it, council staff are recommending that the street name preferred by the majority of residents – Glen Gory Avenue – be adopted.
‘‘Council acknowledges this matter has taken a long time to resolve.’’
The saga began when one resident who disliked the name ‘‘Gory’’ wrote to the council and asked for a change.
In a letter to the council, the resident wrote: ‘‘Gory is a harsh, unattractive word, while Cory is soft and pleasant’’.
He said certificates for his property described it as Glen Cory Avenue.
But Lake Macquarie council’s history website said Glen Gory Avenue was part of a 1920 subdivision at Buttaba.
WAITING: Faye Purnell, and Allan and Judy Bagnall are unhappy the name on their street sign was changed and are waiting for the council to act. Pictures: Peter Stoop