THE City of Greater Bendigo will back a government agency's bid to widen Huntly's boundary into an area of Bagshot so that a new train station can get a preferred name
Regional Rail Victoria is building its new Huntly train station on land technically in Bagshot.
Government agency Geographic Names Victoria has urged the council to support a new boundary out of fear a station named after Huntly would cause confusion if it was technically in a different area.
Councillors backed a push to change the official location of land 160 people own or live on when they met on Monday night.
The change made sense given that the new station was clearly being built to service rapidly growing Huntly housing estates, several councillors including Dave Fagg and Margaret O'Rourke said.
Not everyone was convinced.
Councillor Greg Penna did not see the point of renaming so much land simply so that a station could be named after Huntly.
"Bagshot has a long history and locals expressed a strong desire to keep it going in its entirety," he said.
"I can understand the desire of Huntly to increase [in] area, but not at the expense of Bagshot becoming even smaller, and losing a piece of its identity."
Cr Penna said Huntly's current eastern boundary also made sense geographically because it followed a road that separates a host of suburbs to the north and south.
The change would help unify a rapidly growing community of people moving into new housing estates nearby, councillor Julie Sloan said.
She 127 of the 137 people who had their say during public consultations supported the boundary change.
"Any change does bring some degree of apprehension and anxiety for some people ... we all acknowledge that," Cr Sloan said.
Construction workers expect to finish the Huntly train station in mid-2022.
The Victorian government opened a new Goornong station last weekend.
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