Aboriginal names signage

14th April 2016
New Aboriginal signage for Shoalhaven unveiled

Shoalhaven Tourism, on behalf of Shoalhaven City Council will be installing 35 newly designed Aboriginal town signs, acknowledging the long and rich history of Aboriginal people and their continued spiritual and diverse cultural connections, throughout the Shoalhaven region.

Shoalhaven City Council Aboriginal Advisory Committee representative, Mr Troy Lenihan, says it’s wonderful to see the Aboriginal community and Council working together to promote the local Aboriginal culture.

“We were pleased to see that appropriate protocol was taken by Shoalhaven City Council in consultation with the Aboriginal Advisory Committee and it was a privilege to be asked to be involved in the design and creation of the signage,” said Mr Lenihan.

“This is what our committee is for – establishing open lines of communication between the Aboriginal community and Shoalhaven City Council.”

Mayor Joanna Gash said a number of signs throughout the Shoalhaven will now have the addition of the traditional Aboriginal name for the place, for example the Aboriginal name Cullunghutti will be added to the existing Coolangatta sign. “

“This is an important initiative, which has resulted in Council and the Aboriginal community working closely together.” Said Clr Gash

“Council’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee has endorsed the new signage design and has been very supportive of the project “said Clr Gash

“The benefits, especially from a tourism perspective, are significant, fostering a greater awareness of the strong Aboriginal ties we have in the Shoalhaven” said Clr Gash

“The signs are also an acknowledgment of the traditional owners and of their connection to places throughout the Shoalhaven.” said Clr Gash

Mayor Gash said some examples of the new Aboriginal Signage Names & Meanings that will be installed include:

Town Name: Meaning:
Bellawongarah Place of Wonga Pigeons
Bangalee Sandy Beach
Bawley Point Brown Snake
Berrara Snapper
Burrier Crossing Place
Cambewarra Mountain Fire
Coolangatta Cullunghutti
Cudmirrah Home of the swans
Culburra Beach Sand
Meroo Meadow Lightning
Myola Place of crabs
Nowra Black Cockatoo
Numbaa Broad leaf tree
Pyree Place of box trees
Wattamolla Clear water
Woollamia Good snapper fishing
Worrigee Peppermint tree
Yatte Yattah Water tumble down

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