Proposed Park Name Pigeon Park (White Gum Valley)

We’re seeking comments on the proposed name ‘Pigeon Park’ for Reserve no. 52419 at 2-4 Nannine Avenue White Gum Valley.


The new public open space (Reserve No. 52419) was created from the subdivision of the former Kim Beazley Special School and incorporates the new park to the north of Sullivan Hall and the site of the former Men’s Shed, as shown in the map below.

Naming of a local park or recreational reserve is assessed by the Landgate Geographic Names Committee (GNC) in accordance with the Policies and Standards for Geographical Naming in WA and final approval is required from the Minister for Lands. As a general guide, it is expected parks are named after an adjoining road name, other names can be considered if they meet criteria set out in the standards. Several names were investigated in consultation with the GNC, see the FAQ for more information.

Further information on the name 'Pigeon Park'

One of the buildings formerly on this site (more recently referred to as the former men's shed site) was used as a Pigeon Racing Hall. While it is not on a heritage list, the site has cultural and social significance.

A description of the site including background information can be found on the inherit website under:

  • Sullivan Halls (Place 22583).
  • Former Kim Beazley School (Place 22609), with a reference to the Pigeon Racing Hall which housed the Pigeon Racing Club.

The name Pigeon Park references the history of the site and was given conditional approval by the Geographical Naming Committee.

At their Ordinary Meeting on 20 March 2019 Council supported the proposed name of ‘Pigeon Park’ for Reserve No. 52419 (2-4 Nannine Avenue, White Gum Valley), subject to public advertising and submissions. All submissions will be compiled and presented to Council to assist their decision-making.


Please share your thoughts by 23 June 2019 using the submission form below.


We’re seeking comments on the proposed name ‘Pigeon Park’ for Reserve no. 52419 at 2-4 Nannine Avenue White Gum Valley.


The new public open space (Reserve No. 52419) was created from the subdivision of the former Kim Beazley Special School and incorporates the new park to the north of Sullivan Hall and the site of the former Men’s Shed, as shown in the map below.

Naming of a local park or recreational reserve is assessed by the Landgate Geographic Names Committee (GNC) in accordance with the Policies and Standards for Geographical Naming in WA and final approval is required from the Minister for Lands. As a general guide, it is expected parks are named after an adjoining road name, other names can be considered if they meet criteria set out in the standards. Several names were investigated in consultation with the GNC, see the FAQ for more information.

Further information on the name 'Pigeon Park'

One of the buildings formerly on this site (more recently referred to as the former men's shed site) was used as a Pigeon Racing Hall. While it is not on a heritage list, the site has cultural and social significance.

A description of the site including background information can be found on the inherit website under:

  • Sullivan Halls (Place 22583).
  • Former Kim Beazley School (Place 22609), with a reference to the Pigeon Racing Hall which housed the Pigeon Racing Club.

The name Pigeon Park references the history of the site and was given conditional approval by the Geographical Naming Committee.

At their Ordinary Meeting on 20 March 2019 Council supported the proposed name of ‘Pigeon Park’ for Reserve No. 52419 (2-4 Nannine Avenue, White Gum Valley), subject to public advertising and submissions. All submissions will be compiled and presented to Council to assist their decision-making.


Please share your thoughts by 23 June 2019 using the submission form below.


  • Pigeon Park Will Not Be Pursued

    about 2 months ago

    In May / June 2019 the City advertised the proposed name 'Pigeon Park' for reserve number 52419. There were 33 submissions on this item with 32 not supporting the proposed name.

    Based on the responses received the proposed name ‘Pigeon Park’ does not have broad community support so will not be pursued. There was a strong preference for Nyoongar naming and consulting with Whadjuk Elders.

    The City of Fremantle Walyalup Reconciliation Action Plan was adopted on 26 June 2019 and action 14.3 is to "Identify (with Walyalup Reconciliation Reference Group, and/or Elders Group) opportunities as they present for naming/ co-naming locations, streets, parks etc as they present, such as Booyembarra Park."

    Nannine was investigated with a sub-group of the Walyalup Aboriginal Reference Group for naming and does not appear to have connection to Nyoongar history.

    South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (Whadjuk Working Party which represents traditional owners) previously endorsed the use of Cower (an adjoining street name and Nyoongar word) and the Geographic Names Committee gave conditional approval.

    The City will consider an alternative name to Pigeon Park in consultation with traditional owners and a report will be presented back to Council for consideration, prior to public comment. Further updates will be provided.

    The survey report can be found in the document library on this page.

    In May / June 2019 the City advertised the proposed name 'Pigeon Park' for reserve number 52419. There were 33 submissions on this item with 32 not supporting the proposed name.

    Based on the responses received the proposed name ‘Pigeon Park’ does not have broad community support so will not be pursued. There was a strong preference for Nyoongar naming and consulting with Whadjuk Elders.

    The City of Fremantle Walyalup Reconciliation Action Plan was adopted on 26 June 2019 and action 14.3 is to "Identify (with Walyalup Reconciliation Reference Group, and/or Elders Group) opportunities as they present for naming/ co-naming locations, streets, parks etc as they present, such as Booyembarra Park."

    Nannine was investigated with a sub-group of the Walyalup Aboriginal Reference Group for naming and does not appear to have connection to Nyoongar history.

    South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (Whadjuk Working Party which represents traditional owners) previously endorsed the use of Cower (an adjoining street name and Nyoongar word) and the Geographic Names Committee gave conditional approval.

    The City will consider an alternative name to Pigeon Park in consultation with traditional owners and a report will be presented back to Council for consideration, prior to public comment. Further updates will be provided.

    The survey report can be found in the document library on this page.