How can there be two different spellings of one place?
This is the question that confused residents from the historic area of Niagara have been asking.
Located north-west of Candelo, it is named after one of the cheese factories at the Kameruka Estate.
While a sign in the region proclaims it as “The historic area of Niagara”, a road direction sign in the area points towards “Niagra Lane”.
So in the latter, one letter “a” is missing.
Both signs carry the logo of Bega Valley Shire Council. On Tuesday, a council spokesperson did not directly respond to a question asking what was the reason behind the two different spellings of the names.
“Niagara is the correct spelling for the lane, according to the Gazettal dated 2016-04-08 (Folio 8499) and the correct sign is expected to be installed in a few days,” they said.
Several years ago, there was a debate in Bega over whether or not the lagoon at the northern entrance of town should be called Kiss’ or Kisses Lagoon.
The lagoon was named after the prominent Kiss family from Bega, but geographical names cannot have apostrophes so on Google Maps it appears as Kisses.
However as of 2019, the council’s sign at the lagoon is still spelled as Kiss’.