Balfour Road in Austinmer has existed since 1917, but perhaps surprisingly to those who live, walk and drive along it, it hasn't actually been a road all this time.
Wollongong City Council will seek to correct a historical anomaly on Monday, dedicating the street as a road for the first time in its 103-year existence.
According to a report to councillors, historical search information concludes the road was created upon registration of Deposited Plan 9318 in 1917, but that there is no evidence of any formal dedication of Balfour Road as public road.
Before 1920, the council said, any land set aside for the purposes of a road in a deposited plan remained as land and not public road if it was not dedicated as public road in the NSW Government Gazette.
To fix this, the council will "clarify the status of Balfour Road" and "formalise its use by the public", posting a notice in the NSW Government's Gazette to say the road is, in fact, a road.
The council said fixing this error would not incur any costs, as it was already responsible for maintenance.
We depend on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, please subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.