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Chrissy Amphlett ‘Lane’ Moves A Step Closer

Visitors to Melbourne may soon get the chance to stroll down "Chrissy Amphlett Lane."

The Australian city’s council has voted unanimously to name a laneway in the late singer’s honor.

Amphlett died in April at the age of 53, having battled breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.

More than 7,000 people have signed a petition to recognize the late singer with a lane in her name. Baby Animals singer Suze Demarchi signed-up to the campaign, noting “she should be honoured.”

Now, the hunt is on to find a suitable address. Under existing city council guidelines, laneways can’t be renamed though the city of Melbourne has no shortage of appropriate sites.

With Amphlett at the mic, the Divinyls enjoyed a top-shelf career with a string of hits that included “Boys In Town,” "Pleasure and Pain," "Science Fiction," and the global smash “I Touch Myself” from 1991. The Divinyls were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2006.

The “Chrissy Amphlett Lane” petition was last week handed to Councillor Rohan Leppert by Amphlett’s husband Charley Drayton and her cousin Little Pattie, who was herself inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2009.

Australia, and in particular Melbourne, has a growing reputation for honoring its rock heritage with landmarks.

Melbourne has an “AC/DC Lane” and a laneway in the city’s southern St Kilda district will be named after the influential alternative rock artist Rowland S Howard, who died in late 2009 following a fight with liver cancer.

Australia’s third most-populous city Brisbane has a toll-bridge named after the Go-Betweens, and a statue of the Bee Gees was unveiled earlier this year in Redcliffe, north of Brisbane, where the Gibb brothers grew up.