An accident awaits: Residents near Byron Bay beg the council to change their ‘confusing’ street name as paramedics can never find them in an emergency
- Residents of Bangalow are fighting to change their ‘confusing’ street name
- Granuaille Road runs along the Hinterland Way in the northern NSW region
- Granuaille Crescent is an exit ramp that descends from Granuaille Road on the map
- But in Google, Granuaille Crescent automatically corrects to Pioneers Crescent
- The problem has been raised at the city council meeting and the name will be changed
Residents on a street near Byron Bay are feared after a number of ambulance calls could not find the right address due to a ‘confusing’ street name.
Residents like Max Campbell who live in Bangalow, which is part of the Byron Shire, are begging the council to change their street name – Granuaille Crescent – as it is often confused with the nearby Granuaille Road.
NSW Ambulance has also urged the municipality to rename the street for safety reasons.
To make matters worse, Google Maps automatically lists Granuaille Crescent as ‘Pioneers Crescent’, which is even more confusing for paramedics when called to the dead end.
The issue was urgently raised at the Byron Shire Council meeting on Thursday.
Residents of Bangalow, which is part of the Byron Shire, are begging the municipality to change their street name – Granuaille Crescent – as it is often confused with the nearby Granuaille Road
To make matters worse, Google Maps automatically sets Granuaille Crescent to ‘Pioneers Crescent’
Mr. Campbell told the meeting that his own household has called for an ambulance three times in the past five years and that every time the paramedics couldn’t find their home.
“They went downstairs and woke up the other family about 500 yards away … and I have to wave a torch out on the road to find them,” he said. The Northern Star.
“It’s an accident that has yet to happen.”
Mayor Simon Richardson quoted Shakespeare and asked ‘what’s in a name?’ before admitting that the situation was a ‘nightmare’.
“If a person gets medical attention sooner … or if a life is saved, let’s do it,” he told members at the meeting.
According to Google Maps, Granuaille Crescent is another part of Pioneer’s Crescent, while on Apple Maps, the street is correctly labeled, but further north than the actual location.
The name change is expected to go to the board of geographic names and Granuaille Crescent can be changed to Satinash Crescent.
Obviously, the street is not part of Pioneer’s Crescent.
NSW Ambulance requested a street name change to avoid getting lost (stock)