Proposed renaming of Bassingham Poincaire Reserve

The City is asking for feedback on the proposed naming of Bassingham Poincaire Reserve, 40 Bassingham Road, Balcatta in memory of Dusan Lucev for his contribution to the community and as a pioneer to land development in the local area. The name being proposed is ‘Dusan Lucev Reserve’. Closing date: 17 November 2021 Follow project

Mr Dusan Lucev had market gardens in the local area from the late 1940’s until his passing in 1966. The market gardens have since been sub-divided.

Mr Dusan Lucev was actively involved in the cultural and community organisations in the area. One of the many community projects he was involved in was assisting the Red Cross and Girl Guides in post-war efforts to collect and provide clothes to Yugoslavia. He also donated vegetables from his market garden for community causes.

The request for naming Bassingham Poincaire Reserve is being considered in line with Mr Dusan Lucev’s contribution to the community and the pioneering nature of his involvement in the land development of the local area.


Where is the reserve located?

The reserve is located at 40 Bassingham Road, Balcatta.

Why rename the reserve?

The request to name the reserve has come from family of Dusan Lucev. It has been assessed against the City’s Policy for Naming of Parks, Reserves and Buildings and Landgate’s Policies and Standards for Geographic Naming in Western Australia. As such, the request is progressing to the next stage which is community consultation.

Who was Mr Dusan Lucev?

Dusan Lucev was born in the then Yugoslavia (now Croatia) in 1907 on the island of Prvic Luka. His first job in Australia was in Queensland cutting sugar cane in 1923 before coming to Western Australia in the same year. 

Dusan Lucev was a market gardener from the late 1940’s until his passing in 1966. He owned land between Amelia Street and Bassingham Road , in the vicinity of Bassingham Poincaire Reserve. Dusan Lucev was a member of the Osborne Sloga Organisation and assisted with community projects such as collecting clothes for post-war relief through the Red Cross and Girl Guides and donated produce.  Since his death, the land has been sub-divided for houses.

Why are both first and last names being considered for naming?

There is a road in Gwelup currently named ‘Lucev Place’. Landgate Policy specifies that “Local park or recreational reserve naming submissions requesting names other than the adjacent road name, will not be accepted if the suggested name exists as a road name within 10km of the proposed local park or recreational reserve or within the same local government area.’’

Given there is a road named Lucev Place, both first and last name of the person to be honoured is to be used. This is to prevent duplication and confusion for the community as well as emergency services.

What is used to assess the naming request?

For the official naming of parks and reserves an application must be made to Landgate even though the park in question is owned and/or managed by the City of Stirling.

Landgate use the Policies and Standards (document) for Geographical Naming in Western Australia to assess a request ensuring that the potential name isn’t already in use, isn’t a made-up word or used for marketing purposes such as after a new estate etc. The City also assesses each application against its Policy for Naming of Parks, Reserves and Buildings.

It is important that names are clear to understand, are not unnecessary changes and if a naming is in after a person, that the person is deemed worthy of such an honour.

What is the process for naming?

  1. The City receives a request for naming
  2. Initial discussions are had with the applicant
  3. An assessment is undertaken using the City’s Policy for Naming Parks, Reserves and Buildings, if successful initial discussions are had with Landgate and an initial Council report is prepared
  4. Consultation is undertaken with the applicant and the with the wider community
  5. Agreed name is presented to Council to apply to Landgate for naming of the reserve
  6. Submit application to Landgate
  7. If approved, the name is officially recorded, and signage updated.

How do you measure community support?

Landgate measures community support using tacit consent which counts the total number of those surveyed against those who provide supportive and unsupportive feedback. 

E.g. 100 people surveyed, 30 people respond with support, 40 are unsupportive, 30 people provide no comment. 

This is measured as 60 people supporting the proposal and 40 unsupportive

Can I suggest an alternative name?

Naming the reserve in memoriam of Dusan Lucev has included an assessment using the City’s Policy for Naming of Parks, Reserves and Buildings prior to community consultation. No other name is being considered.

For more information on memorial namings please contact the City’s Leisure Planning Team on (08) 9205 8555 or email

What does the current name Bassingham Poincaire Reserve reference?

The Policies and Standards for Geographic Naming in WA outlines that all local parks or recreational reserves are named after an adjoining road name. An alternative name may be considered due to duplication or through a commemorative naming request. The current name ‘Bassingham Poincaire’ is in reference to the adjacent roads being Bassingham Road and Poincaire Street.  

Who is Landgate?

Landgate is the State Government Lands administration body.


Council approval for community consultation to commence

August 2021

Community Consultation

October to November 2021

Council notification of community consultation outcomes.

December 2021
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For more information on this project, contact the Leisure Planning Team on (08) 9205 8555 or

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