Bana Gindarja Creek place name proposal

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Proposal to change Blackfellows Creek in Cairns to a traditional Indigenous Yidiny name Bana Gindarja Creek.

Queensland is home to the nation’s second largest population of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people, the world’s oldest continuous living culture.

Our state is enriched by the cultures, knowledge and contributions of First Nations people, who have occupied and cared for this continent for more than 65,000 years.

The naming of any place with a First Nations history signifies an increased recognition and respect of the culture that has existed for thousands of years and remains today.

Steps taken to change racially derogatory creek name in Cairns

We propose to change Blackfellows Creek, a 139-year-old derogatory creek name in Cairns, to a traditional Indigenous Yidiny name Bana Gindarja Creek (pronounced ‘Bana Gyyn-dah-jah’).

Bana meaning water and Gindarja meaning cassowary, an important cultural totem.

The naming suggestion has been put forward by Cairns Regional Council following consultation with the Traditional Owners, namely the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji.

The renaming of the creek using a traditional Yidinji language name will remove the negative connotations associated with the current name and act as a mark of respect to the custodians of the land.

We encourage you to leave your feedback by making a submission below.

Proposal to change Blackfellows Creek in Cairns to a traditional Indigenous Yidiny name Bana Gindarja Creek.

Queensland is home to the nation’s second largest population of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people, the world’s oldest continuous living culture.

Our state is enriched by the cultures, knowledge and contributions of First Nations people, who have occupied and cared for this continent for more than 65,000 years.

The naming of any place with a First Nations history signifies an increased recognition and respect of the culture that has existed for thousands of years and remains today.

Steps taken to change racially derogatory creek name in Cairns

We propose to change Blackfellows Creek, a 139-year-old derogatory creek name in Cairns, to a traditional Indigenous Yidiny name Bana Gindarja Creek (pronounced ‘Bana Gyyn-dah-jah’).

Bana meaning water and Gindarja meaning cassowary, an important cultural totem.

The naming suggestion has been put forward by Cairns Regional Council following consultation with the Traditional Owners, namely the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji.

The renaming of the creek using a traditional Yidinji language name will remove the negative connotations associated with the current name and act as a mark of respect to the custodians of the land.

We encourage you to leave your feedback by making a submission below.

  • Consistent and accurate place names are the basis of several vital activities, including map production, communication services, population censuses and statistics, and emergency services.

    We are seeking community feedback on the Bana Gindarja Creek naming proposal.

    Your comments will help us to decide on the official name moving forward.

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