Guelfi Reserve, Balcatta Naming Proposal - Dusan Lucev Reserve

We are asking for comments on the proposed renaming of Guelfi Reserve, Balcatta (the current name ‘Guelfi’ is in reference to the adjacent road being ‘Guelfi Road’), 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: 8 January 2021 Follow project

‘Part of the first members of the Society of Osborne Park’

Mr Dusan Lucev had market gardens in the area from the late 1940’s until his passing in 1966. The market gardens have since been sub-divided with part of the land being turned into public open space currently known as Guelfi Reserve.

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 Guelfi 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.

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Where is the reserve located?

The Reserve is located at 62 Guelfi Road, Balcatta.

Why rename the reserve?

The request to name the reserve has come from family of Dusan Lucev. 

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 the land surrounding and on which the current day Guelfi Reserve is located. 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.

Is Guelfi Reserve being upgraded?

Guelfi Reserve will undergo landscape upgrades as part of the City’s Local Reserve Upgrade Program. This program is unrelated to the naming proposal but coincidentally planned for 2020-2021. The community consultation period for the landscape upgrade closed in September 2020. 

The Landscape Plan is provided in the Document Library and includes

  • Removal of redundant post and rail fencing along Guelfi Street
  • Relocation of bench seat under shade trees
  • Replacement of the existing play equipment which is at the end of its serviceable life and replacement with a new double rocker and natural play elements such as boulders, logs and timber steppers under shade trees
  • Installation of reserve name sign
  • Removal of litter bin
  • Replacement of under-performing turf below existing mature trees with mulch
  • Tree plantings to increase shaded areas.

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 if the community is supportive?

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 Guelfi Reserve reference?

The current name ‘Guelfi’ is in reference to the adjacent road being ‘Guelfi Road’. 

Who is Landgate?

Landgate is the State Government Lands administration body.


November 2020

Council approval for community consultation to commence

November to January 2020

Community consultation

January 2021

Assessment of community consultation outcomes

February to April 2021

Council notification of community consultation outcomes and if supported submission to Landgate for approval
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Useful documents

Document nameDownloadable files
Guelfi Reserve Landscape Plan(PDF)

For more information, or to receive this information in a different format, contact the Leisure Planning Team on (08) 9205 8555.

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