McMurray family a step closer to having unnamed road named after them

NAME CHANGE: A previously unnamed road (highlighted in red) will now be known as McMurray Lane, after Keith resident Anna Young reached out to Tatiara District Council in August.
NAME CHANGE: A previously unnamed road (highlighted in red) will now be known as McMurray Lane, after Keith resident Anna Young reached out to Tatiara District Council in August.

A request to name an unnamed road after the prominent McMurray family is one step closer to becoming a reality after recent discussions.

In August, Keith resident Anna Young contacted Tatiara District Council to request the name change, with council being in favour of the request, however, they wanted to consult with the adjacent landholders first.

The road reserve runs between Range Road and Cantara Road, and consists of some formed road and tracks that are used to provide access to the adjacent farmland.

Council's director of infrastructure and operations Aaron Hillier said nine landholders were consulted via a letter on the proposed name change, with council receiving three responses.

Of the three responses, only one landholder was against naming the road after the McMurray family.

Mr Hillier said the resident strongly opposed naming the road as signposting would identify the road to the public and potentially increase unauthorised vehicles onto his land.

"Discussions with the landholder were undertaken to further ascertain the reason for his objections to naming the road, and the option of leasing the road was proposed," Mr Hillier said.

"This would provide him authorisation to erect gates across the roadway to minimise unauthorised access.

"He has indicated he is interested in leasing the road, however, is still not in favour of naming the road for the reasons described in his letter."

Council has decided to go forward with the naming of the unnamed road, but have settled on McMurray Lane instead of McMurray Road at the request of Bruce and Christine McMurray.

Mrs Young said there has been three generations of McMurray's to farm in the district, Callum (third generation), John and Bruce (second generation) and John Leonard "JL" (first generation).

"JL was in the original group of pioneers who settled and developed this country under the AMP scheme," Mrs Young said.

"So in terms of pioneering history and recognition of AMP settlement, it might be possible to retain a little of that history in now naming the 153C road (the unnamed road), McMurray Road."

Councillor and Keith resident Miles Hannemann endorsed the Mrs Young's request in August's council meeting.

"The family are well known in the Keith district - they are well liked and I think it's a great name for an unnamed road," Cr Hannemann said.

Council will now notify the Registrar-General, the Surveyor-General and the Valuer-General of the assignment of a new road name.