Land administration and permanent road closures 

Land administration

Public lands are referred to as Crown land, including land set aside for nature conservation and various government or public purposes, as well as vacant land. Western Australia has around 38% of the nation’s Crown lands. 93% of the State is Crown land whether unallocated or subject to reservation, dedication or leasing. These statistics illustrate both the opportunities and the challenges facing government land administration in Western Australia.

The Land Administration Act 1997 (LAA) is Western Australia’s primary legislation dealing with the management of Crown land. The LAA is administered by the Minister for Lands (Minister), through the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH).

Some local matters that fall under the LAA are:

  • Road Closure
  • Pedestrian Access Ways (PAW) Closure
  • Reserves
  • Road dedication
  • Crown land under Management Order to the Town

Should you require further information, please visit DPLH's website here or contact the Town Planning and Development team on 9158 9304.

Application for Road Closure

Road Closure Information Sheet

Application for PAW Closure

Application Checklist for PAW Closure

PAW Closure Information Sheet

Road and Place Naming

The naming of roads and geographical locations, including buildings and rooms, is governed by the also governed by the Land Administration Act 1997, under sections 26 and 26A. Further to this, there are a number of guidelines regarding appropriate name selections and use. To ensure road and place naming is undertaken appropriately, the Town has adopted Policy 12/010 - Naming of Roads and Places.

Under Policy 12/010, the Town has also implemented a Road and Place Name Register, to hold pre-selected names until such time as an appropriate place is identified for the name to be applied if they are unable to applied immediately. An application for the naming of Road or Place may therefore be submitted at any time under the Policy, with supported names either placed on the Register or applied immediately.

Policy 12/010 - Road and Place Naming

Information Sheet - an overview of Road and Place Naming

Application for Naming of a Road or Place or addition to the Road and Place Name Register - downloadable

Road and place naming form

This application form may be used to recognise an existing colloquial road or place name, apply a new name to a currently un-named location, or request the addition of the proposed name to the Road and Place Name Register. Any application must be accompanied by justification of its selection.

Applicant Details


Proposed Name

Is the name proposed to be a dual name? *

Origin / Justification


For Commemorative Naming Only