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Indigenous Naming Proposal For Mt Battery (Beolite)


Council is proposing to incorporate an indigenous name to the geographic feature currently known as Mount Battery.  The proposal would create a dual name to recognise the landmark as Mount Battery / Beolite.


In response to a community request, Council is proposing to incorporate an indigenous name to Mount Battery.

Mount Battery is a geographical feature located in Mansfield, Victoria (see map below).  The proposed name for this geographical feature is a dual name:

Mount Battery / Beolite


Why Beolite?  There is early mapping evidence that the mountain is known to the Taungurung people as Beolite which is the name of a local Chief in Daung wurrung language.



Engagement Update

Engagement Update: 

24 February 2020:

At the Ordinary Council Meeting held 18 February 2020, Council passed the following resolution:

  • to incorporate an indigenous name to the feature currently known as Mount Battery with a dual name: Beolite - Mt Battery;
  • to authorise Council officers to lodge the name Beolite - Mt Battery with the Office of Geographic Names to be approved by the Registrar, gazetted and added to VICNAMES; and
  • to authorise Council officers to issue a public notice to announce the new feature name once it has been gazetted.

Council officers are now working through this process in consultation with the Office of Geographic Names, particularly around whether the use of the hyphen is allowable under the Statutory Naming Rules, and there may be additional consultation with the community required.  

Updates will continue to be made available on this page.


5 February 2020:

A report regarding the proposal will be presented for a Council decision at the Ordinary Council Meeting, Tuesday 18 February 2020, 5:00pm at the Bonnie Doon Community Centre.

The report will be available to the public as part of the Agenda for the meeting by Friday 14 February on this website.  To find it, from the home page, visit "My Council" and then select "View Agendas and Minutes".

** If you wish to speak to your submission at the Council Meeting you must advise Council by 5:00pm, Monday 17 February.  Please email or phone 5775 8573 to register your request**


Tips on presenting to Council

Council meeting conduct is governed by legislation and local law and as such is very formal.  Speaking to Council can be daunting for those unfamiliar with the Council Chamber and ordinary council proceedings, so here are some tips and tricks you may wish to follow to make it easier.

  • Provide new information
    Councillors will have already received a copy of your written submission, and will have read it prior to the meeting, so try not to simply re-read your written submission to them.  Instead, enhance your submission by adding new information or expanding on the points you raised.
  • Practise and check your timing
    Local Law allows 3 minutes for each deputation.  This is designed to allow everyone their right to speak.  It may not seem like a lot, but when there are over 30 people wishing to speak this becomes over 1.5hrs of deputations.  Practice beforehand and check your timing, otherwise you may find the Mayor winding you up before you get to your most important point.
  • Provide 7 copies of supporting information
    If you intend to hand around pictures or other additional information, please bring at least 7 copies.  This allows one for each of the five Councillors, one for the CEO and one for the minute taker. 
  • Be prepared for questions
    It is important to remember that deputations are not question time.  You will not be able to ask questions of Councillors or Officers during this time or enter into debate.  However, when you have finished your 3 minute deputation the Mayor will offer Councillors the opportunity to ask you questions, and you will have the opportunity to respond.


15 January 2020:

Due to unforseen circumstances the public report has been delayed to be presented at the Ordinary Council Meeting, Tuesday 18 February 2020, 5:00pm at the Bonnie Doon Community Centre.

1 December 2019: 

The opportunity for community engagement has now closed.

A public report summarising the feedback received will be prepared for Council consideration at the Ordinary Council Meeting in January 2020.

How You Can Be Involved

How You Can Be Involved: 

The proposal has received in principal support from the Taungurung Land and Waters Council and the Office of Geographic Names.

We now seek your feedback.  The simplest way to tell us if you support or object to the proposal is to click on the green "click here to submit your feedback" button at the bottom of this page, and complete the short three question survey.

Alternatively, if you prefer not to submit an online response you can:

  • Email us at
  • Post us a letter (Private Bag 1000, Mansfield VIC 3724)
  • Drop in your written feedback (33 Highett Street, Mansfield)

Please title your submission "Indigenous naming proposal for Mt Battery (Beolite)" so we can ensure it is captured in the correct process.

The opportunity for feedback closes 30 November 2019.


What Happens Next

What Happens Next: 

The opportunity for feedback will remain open for 30 days, closing on 30 November 2019.

The results of the responses will be provided to Council for a decision at the Ordinary Council Meeting to be held in February 2020.

Council's decision will be published:

  • on this page under "engagement update"
  • on Council's website as part of the minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting
  • on Council's facebook page
  • in the local newspaper, the Mansfield Courier.




1 November 2019:  Proposal open for feedback

30 November 2019:  Feedback closed

18 February 2020:  Council decision at Ordinary Council Meeting

18 February 2020:  If a name changed is resolved by Council, the proposal will be lodged with the Office of Geographic Names (OGN) and objectors notified by Council.

late March 2020:  New name gazetted by the Registrar (OGN).  


** dates are a guide and may change

Contact Information

Bess Gillard
Revenue Coordinator
5775 8555
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