Mosman carve-up divides residents
A plan championed by Mosman's deputy mayor, Roy Bendall, to split Mosman into five separate suburbs has local residents divided.PT2M48S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2wh7u 620 349 October 30, 2013
The prestige of Mosman could soon be less than the sum of its parts, under a plan to cleave off its prime waterfront areas into four new suburbs.
A proposal to split the suburb into five is being considered by the Geographical Names Board, which is seeking community feedback before making a decision.
The change would divide Mosman along much of Military Road, creating the suburb Balmoral Beach to its east, Clifton Gardens to its south-east, and Beauty Point to the north-west.
Residents of Taronga Zoo would decamp south to the new suburb of Mosman Bay, leaving behind a landlocked and much diminished Mosman to its north.
Mosman Council submitted the proposal to break up the only suburb in its local government area, which has existed in its current form since the 1990s.
"There are some residents, mainly in the Balmoral area, that would like to have the Balmoral Beach identity restored," said Mayor Peter Abelson, who added he neither supported nor opposed the move but council was "facilitating" the process.
"I'm well aware of the difficulties in defining areas. If they are too small people feel excluded, and if they are too large they become not very meaningful."
Balmoral, and the other "urban localities" within the 2088 postcode were deregistered by the Geographical Names Board in 2005, when Australia Post also removed them from its database.
"All our mail just went all over the place because there are about four other Balmorals," said long-term resident Merle Archer.
"We ordered a computer and it never arrived. We found out it was sent to Balmoral up near Newcastle."
Deputy mayor Roy Bendall also lives in Balmoral, but said residents from across Mosman wanted their local identities back – adding it was crucial it re-establish and preserve their historical place names given the "threat" of amalgamation with North Sydney Council.
"If we're amalgamated into a much bigger area no one is going to be as sympathetic to these names," he said.
But Simon Menzies, one of only two councillors to vote against the move, said changing the names is only going to cause confusion.
He said while the increase to property prices for Balmoral would be "significant", business owners "are understandably furious at being forced to change their suburb name".
"In the past we've all been equal. This will create elitist enclaves which will only divide the suburb. They're pitting one resident against another and there is no justification for it," he said.
Joseph Arena, a local business owner and resident of more than 40 years, said the proposal was “ludicrous".
“I'm struggling to understand why this would happen,” he said. “It will only add confusion and cost to business owners who will have to change their signboards and stationery.
“I can't work out who postulated these splits because there's nothing positive that could come out of it."
Mosman McGrath agent Michael Coombs said Balmoral Beach was a preferred area in Mosman.
"For local people this may add a bit of value," he said. "But I don't think it will have a major impact on prices."