Chiton officially becomes the South Coast's newest suburb

IDENTITY: Mayor Keith Parkes, Alexandrina Council with Laurie Philpott, a passionate community advocate for the change of name to Chiton.
IDENTITY: Mayor Keith Parkes, Alexandrina Council with Laurie Philpott, a passionate community advocate for the change of name to Chiton.

It’s official: Chiton will become the South Coast’s newest suburb, after years of lobbying from local residents has finally paid off.

From June 7, the suburb of Hayborough will be split by the existing council boundaries, with the Alexandrina side becoming the new suburb of Chiton, and the Victor Harbor side retaining the name Hayborough.

The concept was first brought before the Alexandrina Council in 2011 when a petition and a series of letters called for the section to be named Chiton Rocks.

When it was knocked back by the Office of the Surveyor General, the idea lay dormant until council received renewed correspondence from residents in 2016 requesting the name change be revisited.

Following public consultation in 2017, the council resubmitted the request to the Surveyor General and, this time, it was approved.

Mayor Keith Parkes said it was a fantastic outcome for the Alexandrina residents of Hayborough.

“This is a process that has been driven by our community, which will define our residents as part of the Alexandrina Council region,” he said.

“The public consultation in 2017 showed that residents of the area were strongly in support of the name change, and we are pleased that the Surveyor General has agreed.”

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure will provide information to residents of Chiton in the near future to advise of required action for the suburb change.