Suburb honours pioneering spirit

09/Feb/2011

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Swan Valley councillor Darryl Trease, Harry and Audrey Rogers and City of Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino visit the new suburb, Dayton. Swan Valley councillor Darryl Trease, Harry and Audrey Rogers and City of Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino visit the new suburb, Dayton.

PROMPTED by the prospect of a boom in housing density, the City of Swan officially unveiled new suburb Dayton on Tuesday, February 1.

Landgate titles for the locality, which was part of West Swan, were changed to reflect the growing numbers of smaller residential blocks in an area that was traditionally characterised by acreage lots.

Dayton is bounded by Lord Street, Harrow Street, Malvern Street, Reid Highway and the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline Corridor.

City of Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino said with the new urban growth protocol, the City of Swan expected to house an extra 80,000 new residents by 2031.

“Dayton is one of the areas which will experience a growth in housing density to accommodate these new residents,” he said.

The name Dayton is a tribute to the late Walter Warner Day, who was a pioneer of both the grape growing and cattle industries in the Swan Valley, with the suffix “ton”, a European convention to indicate the area is an estate or settlement area.

The City called for ideas on what to name the new locality and councillors made the choice from the submissions.

Audrey Rogers, whose property borders Dayton, nominated her father. Mr Day came to the Swan Valley as an English migrant in 1912.

After serving in World War I with the 48th battalion of the 1st AIF he bought his own property in the area.

He received the Military Medal for rescuing wounded servicemen under fire.

Residents will remain in the Swan Valley Ward and have the postcode 6055.


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