What is Aboriginal naming?
The restoration of an Aboriginal name to be used officially provides recognition to the Aboriginal name and assists in reawakening the language of that area.
What is dual naming?
Did you know there are more than 50 places that are dual named in WA? Dual naming is the approach whereby geographical features or places are officially recognised by two distinct names. One name is usually of Aboriginal language origin and the other of non-Aboriginal origin. Where a feature is currently identified by an existing non-Aboriginal name, an Aboriginal name can be put forward to be assigned as a dual name and sit alongside this name.
Aboriginal and dual names in WA
Below are some name examples found across WA.
Little Sandy Desert
- Kumpupintil Lake (formerly Lake Disappointment)
- Bilbiljim (formerly Mount Misery)
- Walyalup Koort (formerly Kings Square)
- Mammang Koort / King George Sound
- Doggerdirup / Bald Head
- Yawuru Nagulagun / Roebuck Bay Marine Park
- Lalang-garram / Horizontal Falls Marine Park
How you can help
Any individual, group or organisation can propose an Aboriginal name be restored and recognised as an official name. Such proposals must be endorsed by the relevant Traditional Owner group(s) and have local government support. If you know of an Aboriginal place name that is not officially named or is incorrect, or a non-Aboriginal place name that may cause offence to Aboriginal people, please contact the relevant local government.