Geographical Names Board calling for feedback on Medowie public reserve name, Bower Reserve

The Port Stephens community is being called on by the Geographical Names Board to have their say about a proposal to formally name a Medowie reserve after the iconic Bower bird.

Board chair Narelle Underwood said feedback was being sought on Port Stephens Council's proposal to name a public reserve located north of Topaz Avenue, within The Bower residential estate, as Bower Reserve.

"It is important that place names reflect the character and history of the local area and community," Mrs Underwood said.

"We want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to provide their feedback on the proposed name."

According to the submission, the name is derived from the estate name that the reserve is located in.

"Bower is to acknowledge the Australian Satin Bower Bird which is known to frequent the area, and to raise conservation awareness to the public," the submission states.

Mrs Underwood said the board is encouraging community comment before it considers the proposal.

Details of the proposal can be viewed and submissions lodged on the Geographical Names Board's website.

Alternatively, email submissions can be sent to ss-gnb@customerservice.nsw.gov.au or written submissions can be lodged with the Secretary Geographical Names Board 346 Panorama Avenue Bathurst NSW 2795.

The closing date for submissions is January 3, 2020.