Australia's Fraser Island has officially been restored to its Aboriginal name. The world's largest sand island will now be officially known as K'Gari.
Queensland's Fraser Island has been renamed K'Gari, which is the local Butchulla people's word for 'paradise.'
Australia's Fraser Island is the latest destination to have its Aboriginal name restored.The world's largest sand island, which is located off the coast of Queensland state about 250 km (155 miles) north ofBrisbane, will now be officially known as K'Gari.
K'Gari means"paradise" in the local Butchulla language, and the Butchulla people have been the owners and guardians of this land since well before the days of European colonization and settlement.Related contentThousands flock to climb Uluru before sacred rock shuts to visitors
The island, long popular with both foreign and domestic tourists, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1992. It was cited for its distinctive biological conditions, including"majestic remnants of tall rainforest growing on tall sand dunes, a phenomenon believed to be unique in the world." headtopics.com
It is also home to a diverse group of rare or endangered animals, including the eastern ground parrot and the Fraser Island sand skink. UNESCO already refers to the island as K'Gari.A traditional smoking ceremony was held at the Kingfisher Bay Resort on September 19 as part of the renaming celebration.
"The name change recognizes and honors the Butchulla peoples and their traditions, their culture and their ongoing connection to Country," Meaghan Scanlon, Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs, said in a statement.
She added:"The Palaszczuk Government (Annastacia Palaszczuk is the premier of Queensland) recognizes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island heritage and cultures, which represent an enduring and ongoing connection to Country for over 60,000 years."
Related contentThe 'forgotten people': When death came to the Torres StraitHowever, community members caution that restoring the original name may not be the end of this story."We have been campaigning for years to change the island's name," said Jade Gould, a spokesperson for the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation (BAC), in a statement."But it is a hollow symbol if our rights are not recognized by the Queensland government." headtopics.com
In 1993, Australia's federal government introduced the Native Title Act, through which authorities could recognize an Indigenous group's ownership of their traditional lands.Other destinations around Australia have been changing or reverting to Aboriginal names over the past decades. Most famous is
Uluru, which was previously known as Ayers Rock.Elsewhere in Queensland, Gheebulum Kunungai National Park Mulgumpin is the official name for what was previously called Moreton Island.Currently, Indigenous people comprise about 3% of Australia's population.Read more: CNN »
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That’s going to trigger a lot of racist Aussies. what was it called before then? UnfreezeAfgMoney Well, that’s just wonderful news, now to give them back their land? Good luck with that 🤣🤣 K'Gari - From the old Aboriginal word for - Get your sandcastle buckets here. Why?
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