Advertisement - The Council is proposing to name a road.

Published on 31 August 2017


The naming is needed because the road is to be included in the Road Register of the Road Management Plan 2017-2021 and has not formally been named.

It is proposed to name the road Kingston Street in recognition of John Andrew Kingston, a farmer and pioneer, who paid the ultimate sacrifice in World War 1 and was killed by a grenade at Villers Bretonneux.

The road is located at Devenish and connects to Brown Street and adjoins the Devenish Recreation Reserve.

Members of the public can provide feedback on the name by one of the following methods:

Attend the Council meeting – 11 October 2017 at 6pm at the Civic Centre

Mail to PO Box 227, Benalla 3671

Email to

Further information about the name is available below.

All name submissions must comply with Naming rules for places in Victoria - Statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities - 2016.

All submissions must be received by 5pm, Monday 2 October 2017.

The Council has been unable to locate existing family members to seek permission to use the proposed name and calls for consent from the family or requests family contact details from the community.


The name Parkes Street, Devenish was a road name provided by the developer of a subdivision and was never registered with the Office of Geographic Names.  Two lots were purchased from the subdivision in 2015.  The site was subsequently subdivided with the intention of selling part of the land – Lots 38 and 39 Woods Road. The owners of the property have experienced difficulty in having services connected to the new home and identifying its location for emergency purposes. 


There has been ongoing discussion with the owners of the new lots as the Office of Geographic Names has advised that Parkes Street, Devenish would not be considered as there is a Park Street in Goorambat and the proximity of the two townships would cause confusion. 

The protocol for naming states that notable local residents who have resided in the locality may be considered in the naming process.  A review of former local ANZAC connections indicates the following person was from Devenish and could be recognised with a road name:



John Andrew Kingston

A farmer and pioneer who was killed by a grenade at Villiers Bretonneux

It is proposed to formally adopt Kingston Street as the name for this roadway.

The name proposal will formalise the address of residential properties and minimise the risk of confusion in the event of an emergency.

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