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    Where did the name suggestion Watyakan Creek come from?

    Watyakan is an Iningai language word, and it is the consensus of the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Land that this name is a true reflection of the locations history and accurately acknowledges the cultural significance of the site.

    What engagement with Traditional Owners has taken place?

    The suggestion made by Longreach Regional Council follows consultation by the council with the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Land, namely the Iningai and Bidjara people who were unanimous in their desire to have the watercourse renamed.

    The continued use of Black Gin Creek is considered derogatory to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and others in the community.

    Where is the creek located?

    The creek extends from southeast of Ilfracombe running west prior to joining the Thompson River to the southwest of Longreach.

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