Update : 19 January 2024

Thank you for your feedback. After carefully considering the input from the broader community, this project has been temporarily paused.

Any further progress will be updated on this page.

Update: 10 October 2022

Thank you Yarra Ranges for your feedback on the proposal to rename Narre Warren East Hall.

We started this community consultation process last month, after receiving a request from the hall’s Committee of Management. As a result of community interest in the process, Council has extended the consultation for an additional 30 days. This is to make sure we hear from people of all views and backgrounds and capture a balanced and complete understanding of the communitys wishes for the hall.

If you have already made a submission in the first round of consultation, there is no requirement for you to submit it again.


Narre Warren East Hall

500 Berwick Rd Narre Warren East, VIC 3804

An aerial map of the area around the Narre Warren East Hall

Council has received a request from the Committee of Management for the Narre Warren East Hall, proposing that the name of the Hall be changed to “The Ian Brown Memorial Hall Narre Warren East.” in response to a growing number of calls from the Narre Warren East community for some form of acknowledgement for Mr Brown’s outstanding contribution to the local community. After consultation with the Office of Geographic Names and in accordance with the Naming Rules the proposal has been given in-principal support to consult with the community.

To ensure Council meets its statutory requirements and comply with the Naming Rules, the final and confirmed name proposed to be “Ian Brown Hall”

Ian and his wife, Nancy, moved to Narre Warren East in the early 1980s and owned a bakery in Belgrave South. Ian was the ‘glue’ of the community and was involved in many ways supporting the Narre Warren East CFA for 13 years, volunteering for Care Connect, organising community Christmas gatherings and the list goes on.

The Committee of Management has provided the following testimony in support of their request:

  • “Whenever Ian became aware of new residents moving into the area, he would introduce himself and provide them with background regarding community activities.”
  • “Ian became a member of the Narre Warren East CFA in the late 1980s and served as an active firefighter until 2003, with 13 of those years being the Brigade Secretary.”
  • “In 1999, Ian commenced as a Volunteer with Care Connect to assist in providing outings for persons who had suffered a stroke. He would organise the venue, assist with transport arrange the meals and help feed those who were severely incapacitated.”
  • “Ian’s support to community members also extended to driving a community bus, ferrying elderly people to Monbulk pool for Hydrotherapy sessions.”
  • “Often, Ian would become aware of elderly residents being on their own with little help. In addition to performing “welfare calls” on them, there were occasions when he sought assistance from the Shires Health services.”
  • “In early 1990, Ian joined the Narre Warren East Hall Committee and performed the role of Hall Keeper until 2019.”
  • “In 1992, he organised the Narre Warren East Community Christmas gathering and this became a regular annual event up until 2018 (2019 didn’t occur due to Hall renovations). He was always 'front and centre' in organising them. He would draft the information flyer, hand deliver to all letter boxes in NWE, cook the meat and then play the role of Father Christmas for the young children.”
  • “Following on from the success of the annual Christmas function at the Hall, he then commenced conducting “Christmas in Winter” functions, some of which were attended by local Council representatives and MP’s. Yet again, this is another legacy of Ian that remains entrenched within the Narre Warren East Community.”
  • “Approximately 2006, Ian commenced an “open house” function as his home every Friday night from 6pm to 8pm. Everyone was welcome and most evenings, the spread of NWE residents extended from up near Cardinia Reservoir, to Lysterfield and Boundary Rd towards Berwick – most nights there would be 20 – 30 local residents attending.”
  • “Finally, Ian was the 'go-to person' in NWE if any person wanted help – he was essentially the 'glue' of the local community.”

As this is a commemorative naming request, support for the proposal has also been provided by the family of the late Mr Ian Brown.

In view of Ian Brown’s association to the area and the Hall itself, Council acknowledges that the proposal meets the requirements of the Naming Rules and will consider the naming proposal once the community consultation is complete.


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Seek feedback from community about the proposal

  • Timeline item 2 - active

    Once consultation has closed officers will collate the feedback and present to Council for formal consideration. *

    • A majority of support for the proposal must be obtained to be ratified at a Council Meeting.
    • All submitters will be notified of the next steps to progress to a Council meeting.
  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete

    Naming Authority lodges the proposal with Geographic Names Victoria

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Registrar considers the proposal

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    Gazettal of the proposed name

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to know more about this process, please contact us below:

Name Sarah Candeland: Governance Coordinator
Phone 1300 368 333
Email mail@yarraranges.vic.gov.au
In writing

PO Box 105, Lilydale Vic 3140