Rockhampton Regional Council today confirmed plans to consult local residents about changing the name of Black Gin Creek Road to Dundula Creek Road.
The State Government is currently undertaking public consultation to rename the creek to Dundula Creek. Dundula (pronounced Doon-doo-la) means gum tree in Darumbal language.
Infrastructure Portfolio spokesperson Councillor Tony Williams said Council had not yet been approached about a name change, but that this was likely to happen.
“DNRME’s public consultation is nearly finished, and if the outcome of that is to change the name of the creek that has implications for the Council owned road that sits alongside it,” said Cr Williams.
“Darumbal people have made it very clear that the Black Gin name is derogatory and dehumanising.
“Although we haven’t been approached yet we know that the Darumbal people have been working with the Queensland Government for over two years to rename the creek, and if this happens we don’t want to add even more time onto that process when it comes to the road name.
“That’s why we’ll be writing to residents that live along the road to let them know that should the creek name be changed by the state, Council will be looking to change the road name to Dundula Creek Road.
“It’s a small change, but sends an important message that there is no place for names that alienate and hurt sections of our Rockhampton Region community.”