Earlier this year the Victorian government announced it was giving the public a say in naming the $11 billion Metro Tunnel’s five new underground stations. A public vote closed over the weekend after receiving 50,000 submissions.

Pop culture–inspired names such as Winterfell (an apt suggestion for the CBD North station), Vegemite, Shane Warne and Kath & Kim ultimately proved less popular than those referencing Melbourne’s history, and cultural and political leaders.

Victoria’s first female premier, Joan Kirner, had a large showing in the vote, as did Julia Gillard. However, Gillard’s name had to be disregarded due to state naming rules around people who are still living.

John Batman, William Barak and John Pascoe Fawkner were crowd favourites, while Burke and Wills came in strong for Parkville station, due to its location near where they began their expedition in 1860.

One in five submissions for Domain station referred to the country’s military history, such as Dunlop, Anzac and Memorial.

The government-appointed judging panel, which will select the five names by the end of the year, includes representatives from Aboriginal Victoria, the Public Transport Users Association, Museums Victoria and the Youth Affairs Council.

metrotunnel.vic.gov.au

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