Proposal to Rename the Suburb of Penrose

Consultation has concluded for this project. Updates regarding the proposal will be posted on Council's website.

The Geographical Names Board NSW (GNB) is the NSW Government authority for assigning and recording names of localities including suburb names. The GNB has requested that Wollongong City Council engage with residents in Penrose to consider a name change for the suburb because it conflicts with a suburb of the same name in the Wingecarribee Shire.

Penrose in the Southern Highlands was established as the name of several structural entities including a railway station, school, village and forest.

Penrose in the Illawarra obtained its name from its historic link with Penrose Farm. The historic farmhouse still exists, but lies outside

The Geographical Names Board NSW (GNB) is the NSW Government authority for assigning and recording names of localities including suburb names. The GNB has requested that Wollongong City Council engage with residents in Penrose to consider a name change for the suburb because it conflicts with a suburb of the same name in the Wingecarribee Shire.

Penrose in the Southern Highlands was established as the name of several structural entities including a railway station, school, village and forest.

Penrose in the Illawarra obtained its name from its historic link with Penrose Farm. The historic farmhouse still exists, but lies outside Penrose in the adjoining suburb of Dapto.

The GNB has asked Council to engage the community in finding a solution to the problems associated with two suburbs in close proximity with the same name. This is creating confusion with deliveries and postal services, and has the potential for emergency service vehicles to be dispatched to the wrong destination.

Feedback from the community will be used by Council to propose a solution to the GNB. The GNB provides guidelines for determining place names and suburb boundaries, which can be viewed at www.gnb.nsw.gov.au


The Renaming Proposal is on exhibition between 7 April - 4 May 2014 and can be viewed in hardcopy at Wollongong and Dapto libraries during library hours and at Council’s Customer Service Centre between 9am - 5pm weekdays.

A Planning Proposal for Yallah - Marshall Mount is on exhibition from 17 March 2014 to 2 May 2014. Check here for further details.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Have Your Say on the Proposal to Rename the Suburb of Penrose

    We would like to hear your thoughts on the proposal to rename the suburb of Penrose. Please note that all suggestions must meet the Geographical Names Board NSW Guidelines. The guidelines are available as a PDF download on this page, 'GNB Fact Sheet - Determining Suburbs', and can also be found at www.gnb.nsw.gov.au.

    We would like to hear your thoughts on the proposal to rename the suburb of Penrose. Please note that all suggestions must meet the Geographical Names Board NSW Guidelines. The guidelines are available as a PDF download on this page, 'GNB Fact Sheet - Determining Suburbs', and can also be found at www.gnb.nsw.gov.au.

    Consultation has concluded for this project. Updates regarding the proposal will be posted on Council's website.