Watyakan Creek place name proposal

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Proposal to change Black Gin Creek in Longreach to a traditional Indigenous name Watyakan 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 Longreach

We propose to change Black Gin Creek, a 135-year-old racist creek name in Longreach, to a traditional Indigenous name Watyakan Creek (pronounced ‘Watch-a-kan’).

The name Watyakan Creek — Women's Creek —pays tribute to those who historically camped near it. A name that is a true reflection of the locations history and accurately acknowledges the cultural significance of the site.

The naming suggestion has been put forward by Longreach Regional Council following consultation by the council with the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Land, namely the Iningai and Bidjara people.

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


Proposal to change Black Gin Creek in Longreach to a traditional Indigenous name Watyakan 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 Longreach

We propose to change Black Gin Creek, a 135-year-old racist creek name in Longreach, to a traditional Indigenous name Watyakan Creek (pronounced ‘Watch-a-kan’).

The name Watyakan Creek — Women's Creek —pays tribute to those who historically camped near it. A name that is a true reflection of the locations history and accurately acknowledges the cultural significance of the site.

The naming suggestion has been put forward by Longreach Regional Council following consultation by the council with the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Land, namely the Iningai and Bidjara people.

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 Watyakan Creek naming proposal. 

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

    Submit your comments
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