[talk-au] place=?

Kim Hawtin kim.hawtin at adelaide.edu.au
Wed Dec 3 00:46:12 GMT 2008

Liz wrote:
> On Wed, 3 Dec 2008, Hugh Barnes wrote:
>> Hi
>> Another locally flavoured tagging question.
>> I entered some towns recently. I got stuck wondering whether they were
>> actually towns, villages, or hamlets.

>> So remoteness seems to count for something.
>> Any other criteria you can think of?
>> Is it time there were specific place designation guidelines for Oz places?
>> I suspect we've been quite inconsistent in their absence.

> In NSW the designations of many places are courtesy of an import from the NSW 
> Geographical Names Board. Some are simply out of date and some places don't 
> exist any more.
> We have cities, towns and villages and they are not decided by population, so 
> a decision to annotate according to population would not give designations 
> consistent with the local designation. 
> There are a number of villages in our district with the largest having a 
> population about 1600 people. If it was further away from the main town it 
> might be considered a town in its own right.
> Anyone got any Australian definitions for city / town / village we can look 
> at?

Sure its only a town if its got at least two pubs, a chippie and a post office?

But seriously, there has to be a process by which we can get this kind of
information from the local council or state government?


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