‘Booth’, ‘Mallett’, ‘Djambies’: The shire’s newest place names

David Braithwaite

THE late Denis Booth will be honoured with a street to be named after him.
The name ‘Booth’ will be added to Wellington Shire Council’s register of approved road names for consideration in future naming proposals.
The move recognises Mr Booth’s sporting achievements, which include a bronze medal at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Jamaica, and services over 60 years for the Stratford community.
Mr Booth, who died in February, aged, 81, was named Stratford citizen of the year in 2013.
A road through a subdivision on Boisdale St, Maffra, will be named Wiggins Avenue in recognition of Colin Wiggins’ work as a Maffra Shire Council engineer and contribution to local cricket.
Mr Wiggins was a shire engineer from 1976 until council amalgamation in 1994, overseeing the development of Johnson St and involved in the initial development of what is now the Cameron Sporting Complex.
Mr Wiggins was prominent in the Maffra Cricket Club. A champion opening batsmen during the 1970s and ’80s, he scored more than 2000 runs in 71 first grade matches, as well as being captain-coach of Maffra’s 1979-80 and 1980-81 premiership teams.
Council is considering naming streets in the same subdivision after former Maffra Shire president Jim Slattery and former shire engineers Jim McLaren and Norman Cottman.
The name ‘Mallett’ is also to be added to the approved road names register, recognising the Mallett family’s long association with the Sale area and the Sale Fire Brigade.
Frederick Mallett arrived in Sale in 1863, and was a builder, as was his sons.
Several family members have become life members of the local fire brigade.
Council also approved a proposal to name a park between Krista Court and Mark Avenue, Sale, Djambies Park.
Djambies means friends in the local Gunaikurnai language.
The name was put forward by Sale North Kindergarten, which consulted with council’s parks manager, local Indigenous community and the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, who all endorsed the name.