It is hoped that Fraser Island will follow Uluru’s example and be known only by its Indigenous name as the Queensland Government announces an official name change.
The proposal will take a step forward this week when two months of public consultations begin, the state’s Resources Secretary Scott Stewart said on Wednesday.
He hopes the process will result in the indigenous name K’gari penetrating the common vernacular just as Uluru replaced Ayers Rock.
“Nobody calls it Ayers Rock anymore, they call it Uluru, and it’s about respecting our indigenous people and the connection they have with this land,” Stewart said.
“(For) 60,000 years they call it K’gari; I think it’s time to do exactly the same.”
The reintroduction of K’gari as an island name has been a long time coming, said Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation chairwoman Aunt Gayle Minniecon.
“It means so much to the Butchulla people,” she said.
“For us, it’s about respect for our employees. It is important to us to let our ancestors know that our culture is still strong and that we continue to care about our land.”
The consultation follows last year’s renaming of the island’s World Heritage Site as K’gari, Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said
“K’gari means paradise in the Butchulla language and as a popular tourist destination for its natural beauty, it’s a much more appropriate name for such an iconic place,” said Scanlon.
“The name Fraser Island is culturally inappropriate – it pays homage to Eliza Fraser, a woman whose storytelling led directly to the massacre and dispossession of the Butchulla people.”
K’gari was originally known to Europeans as Great Sandy Island before being changed to Fraser Island after Scottish Eliza Fraser was shipwrecked there in 1836.
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