Steps taken to change racist creek name
Steps are being taken to change a 156-year-old racially derogatory creek name that connects four suburbs in Rockhampton.
Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Executive Director, Central Region, Mr Darren Moor said public consultation opened today on a proposal to have Black Gin Creek renamed Dundula Creek.
“The change request comes directly from the Darumbal people who have Native Title in the area, and wish to see it renamed to Dundula meaning gum tree to reflect the character of the river,” he said.
“The Department recognises that the continued use of the current creek name is derogatory to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and others in the community, and is pleased to be supporting the Darumbal people through the name change process.
“The creek goes for 22 km, starting at the border of South Yaamba, running straight through Alton Downs down to Dalma and Nine Mile.”
Darumbal Elder Aunty Sally Vea Vea said the name change suggestion comes from the heart of Darumbal women.
“While we can’t rewrite history or right the wrongs of 150 years ago, we have applied to the government to rename Black Gin Creek at Alton Downs, thereby stopping this particular name being memorialised,” she said.
“The current name is a constant reminder of a dark history associated with this creek, which is very hurtful to us Darumbal women.
“Darumbal men also still feel the hurt as they think of their mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers, and our men are behind the name change wholeheartedly
“Dundula means gum tree and there are large gum trees along the creek that attract native bees and birdlife which helps to bring the creek to life.
“A beautiful creek should have a name which reflects its surrounds.”
Public consultation is open from Friday 12 June 2020 to Friday 14 August 2020.
Feedback will be assessed by the Department, before a recommendation is made to the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy for consideration and decision.
Submissions in writing, either in support of or against the proposal, can be submitted online at www.qld.gov.au/environment/land/title/place-names/proposals-decisions or sent to Queensland Place Names, Department of Natural Resources and Mines, GPO Box 2454, Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated 12 June 2020