Ten street names you wish Gladstone had

GLADSTONE would have some pretty cool street names if it was up to The Observer's Facebook friends.

With Gladstone Regional Council putting the call out for suggestions for street names in the region, we asked readers what street names they'd like to see around town.

While there were plenty of serious replies, here are our favourite fun ones.

1. Diagon Alley - Suggested by Jennifer Cantrill-Ryall

Made famous by the Harry Potter series of books and movies, Diagon Alley is a fictious street in London where people of the wizarding world go to shop.

It's located behind the Leaky Cauldron pub, and is hidden from the Muggle (non-magical) world.

We're not sure how much magical talent there is in Gladstone (how would we know? We're not wizards), but still....Harry Potter!

Jessie Gretener enjoys a tour of the Harry Potter movie studio outside London, featuring the Weasley brothers' shop in Diagon Alley.
Jessie Gretener enjoys a tour of the Harry Potter movie studio outside London, featuring the Weasley brothers' shop in Diagon Alley.

2. Sesame Street - Ann Schafer

Who wouldn't love the sunny days that chase the clouds away in Sesame Street?

The iconic children's TV show has been a favourite for generations of families, and a street named after it would be a big drawcard.

Now, who's keen to don a Big Bird suit?

The gang from Sesame Street.
The gang from Sesame Street. Supplied

3. Whatindicator Lane - Brett James Whalan

Ah yes, the ol' optional extra. Brett James Whalan would like a street name that draws attention to some drivers' apparent lack of familiarity with the blinkers.

Perhaps this street could be somewhere near the Kin Kora roundabout?

4. Sunset Boulevard (or Boulevard of Broken Dreams) - Shinae Reach

A touch of Hollywood, or a street named in honour of real estate investors - it could go either way with these suggestions.

Sunset Boulevard is a street in Los Angeles that heads through Hollywood and near Beverly Hills.

Boulevard of Broken Dreams is a song that's been covered by various artists since 1933, including Smokie, David Cassidy and Green Day.

Sing it Gladstone!

5. Loggerhead Lane, Green St, Hatchling Ct - Sheri Hope

This suggestion gives a nod to the region's turtle population, and would no doubt go swimmingly (see what we did there?) in some of the coastal towns.

Loggerhead turtle.
Loggerhead turtle.

6. Happyrock Rd - Emma Lee

This one pays homage to local residents' nickname for Gladstone - a great choice.

An aerial view of Gladstone.
An aerial view of Gladstone. Mike Richards

7. Freedom Boulevard - Ben James

A patriotic choice by Ben James, celebrating what we love most about being Aussie.

Flying the Aussie flag.
Flying the Aussie flag.

8. Empty St - Steven Colquhoun

A prediction of what's going to happen when construction winds down on Curtis Island?

9. New Zealand Boulevard - Kris Ansell

Kris was keen to see street names that "keep us in Gladstone" and also suggested Benefit St, Rio Tinto Ave, LNG Way, Orica Drive and Manpower Court.

Kiwi rapper Savage will perform at the Harvey Road Tavern.
Kiwi rapper Savage will perform at the Harvey Road Tavern. Contributed

10. Frozen St - Muriel Fourie Oosthuizen

Another one for the kids. This one was suggested by Muriel's five-year-old, who also came up with Barbie Alley, Bouncing Ave, Peter Pan Drive, Potter Ave and Care Bear Ave. Awww.

A scene from the Disney film Frozen.
A scene from the Disney film Frozen.

You can check out more street name suggestions here:

Gladstone residents are going to be asked to suggest street names for new areas in Gladstone. What street names would you like to see around town?

Posted by The Observer on Monday, June 1, 2015


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