The Darumbal people have today welcomed a Rockhampton creek having its name changed, with watercourse to now be known by the traditional word Dundula for gum tree.
Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said 99 per cent of public feedback supported renaming the 22km watercourse.
“For 156 years the old name – Black Gin Creek – has caused a lot of hurt for the local Aboriginal people and it is great to see it renamed with a traditional word chosen by the Darumbal people,” he said.
“The Darumbal people, who hold Native Title over the area, requested the change and it is clear that they have the community’s support in righting this wrong.
“From the nine-week public consultation, there were 723 community submissions with 99 per cent in support of the change.”
Darumbal Elder Aunty Sally Vea Vea said she was overjoyed by the outpouring of community support not just in Rockhampton but from all over the state.
“We are over the moon with this decision. It’s an important and uplifting decision for not only Darumbal women but for all indigenous women,” she said.
“After 156 years, this is a very significant moment for us and we thank everyone who supported us and stood with us in working to have the creek renamed—from state agencies to the average person walking on the street.
“I feel that this marks a new season and new stage for our community and is great for reconciliation.
“The people who drive over that creek every day will see Dundula Creek, they will see the change, and it will bring a good feeling to the entire community.
“There is healing in this action for the entire community and for all Darumbal women.”
The creek connects four suburbs in Rockhampton, starting at the border of South Yaamba, running straight through Alton Downs down to Dalma and Nine Mile.
From Friday 2 October, any new State maps referencing the creek will reflect the new name. The Department will also notify Google Maps.
Name change requests can be lodged online at: https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/land/title/place-names/naming/suggestions