Game of Thrones has caused anger in an Australian housing development where streets have been named after the popular show’s characters and locations.
The developer of Charlemont Rise in Geelong, Victoria has been forced to change the name of one road after it upset residents.
Project manager Gary Smith received a complaint from a neighbouring estate about a planned road name, Lannaster Road, that made reference to the infamous incestuous siblings Cersei and Jaime Lannister.
Although Smith changed ‘Lannister’ to ‘Lannaster’ the road name has now had to be changed to Precinct Road.
Smith told the Geelong Advertiser:
It is really hard to come up with street names these days, I always liked the Game of Thrones names as they are a bit out there.
We wanted it for our shopping centre strip because it is easy to remember and rolls off the tongue.
Unfortunately, we tried everything we could, we got knocked back by the Office of Geographic Names.
They objected to that fact that it had a reference to incest.
Other roads that include Stannis Street, Baelish Drive and Tywin Street have been allowed to keep their names.
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The City of Greater Geelong voted to rename the road after finding that the original name was non-compliant with their naming rules.
Administrator Laurinda Gardner stated that road names must not offend the general public.
[Names] must not be detrimental to the preservation of longstanding community values.
Smith claims the name should have only been changed if the complaints were received from those who lived on the actual street.
It does seem like quite the overreaction. Lannaster Road sounds like a rather grand street, even if it is inspired by fictitious incestuous siblings.
Although if it was called Lannister Drive the image of Jaime and Cersei would definitely spring to mind. And you wouldn’t want to think of that every bloody day.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.