Meltham station to get its suburb

BITS of Bayswater, Bedford and a sliver of Maylands could become a new suburb dubbed Meltham.

During Bayswater council’s consultation on what locals would like to see around the Meltham train station earlier this year, a panel noted it was odd not to have a suburb with the same name and recommended it be applied to an area bound by Guildford Road to the south, York Street to the North, and sandwiched by Garratt Road and Sussex Street.

The council will now seek public comment on the proposal (including input on final boundaries) but staff support the new suburb on the basis it’s a geographic fit, dividing the Essex Street light industrial area from Maylands’ character housing area.

Landgate will have the final say, after consulting with emergency services to see if it could lead to any confusion.

A council report warned Australia Post might stop delivering mail with the old suburb names after about a year, while Victorians have already complained, saying the name’s too similar to the Melbourne suburb Melton.

At Bayswater’s November 19 council meeting councillor Lorna Clarke noted there was a lot of support from locals, particularly based on the area’s history, but colleague Catherine Ehrhardt couldn’t see the urgency, labelling it “a waste of time at the moment”.

Cr Elli Petersen-Pik sought to have Maylands properties in his ward excised, saying residents were concerned about “property values and other aspects”.

“There might be people in the area who want to be part of it…Meltham could become the trendiest suburb in 20 years’ time,” Cr Clarke countered.

by DAVID BELL

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