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Change is coming for offensive place names

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The Palaszczuk Government has called for public feedback on a proposal to change the name of Black Gin Creek in Rockhampton.

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With a new name Dundala Creek being suggested, Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham will wait two months for submissions and then act on advice from his department.

“I am aware of the hurt that racially offensive place names can cause Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders,” Lynham told InQueensland.

“My department has been active on offensive names.  I encourage any member of the community to raise the issue with my department.”

The Darumbal people in the Rockhampton area have been pushing for the creek at Alton Downs to be given a more respectful name.

“We see this name as being very dehumanising … gin is actually a word [in] our own language, our own lingo and it means a woman,” elder Aunty Sally Vea Vea told the ABC recently.

“But it has been taken and used in a very derogatory way to describe us women who are black.”

The Government has also been consulting on the future of Murrays Creek in Gladstone and Blacks Place at Longreach. Traditional owners in Noosa are also expected to progress a name change for Blackfellow Creek after their current native title claim is resolved.

In recent years, the Government has overseen the removal of Nigger Creek, Nigger Head and Mount Nigger, which existed until the end of 2017. Mount Jim Crow has also been renamed Baga and Mount Wheeler renamed Gai-i.

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