Fraser Island will now be called K’gari, the name used by the Aborigines to mean paradise
Iconic Fraser Island to be RENOWN with Aboriginal word for popular vacation spot following campaign by Aboriginal Elders
- Famous Fraser Island World Heritage Area to be Renamed, Now Called K’gari
- The name given to the region by the natives of Butchulla, meaning “paradise”
- A name change ceremony took place on Sunday, attended by the elders of Butchulla
World-famous Fraser Island is set to be renamed after activists won a campaign to give the tourist hotspot its original Indigenous name.
The World Heritage Site, an island off the coast of Queensland, will now be known as K’gari, the name given to it by the indigenous Butchulla people.
The name change is the result of a long campaign by Aboriginal elders.
Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation President Jade Gould said the new name means “paradise” and it’s a much more appropriate name for the iconic place.
Fraser Island should be renamed to Butchulla K’gari, which means “paradise” (photo, Indian Head on Fraser Island)
“The people of Butchulla have campaigned for years to change the name,” Ms. Gould told the Courier Mail.
“The name Fraser Island is a tribute to Eliza Fraser – a woman whose story directly led to the slaughter and dispossession of the Butchulla people.”
A name change ceremony took place on Sunday and attended by Butchulla alumni and Queensland Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon.
Famous World Heritage area will be altered after years of campaigning by indigenous Butchulla people (pictured, Fraser Island)
Ms Scanlon said the new name is the first step in a process to honor the connection of the Butchulla people to their land.
“I look forward to working with the people of Butchulla, stakeholders and the community to advance the necessary steps now to officially rename the entire island to K’gari,” Ms. Scanlon said.
It is understood that the official name change process has not yet started and that other processes will need to be put in place to rename the island in its entirety.
Although the name is not yet official, a name change ceremony was held on Sunday to recognize the new name (pictured, Champagne Pools on Fraser Island)
Other Queensland national parks have already been renamed in consultation with the traditional owners earlier this year.
They include Naree Budjong Djara National Park on Minjerribah, formerly North Stradbroke Island, and Gheebulum Kunungai National Park on Mulgumpin, formerly Moreton Island.
Kingfisher Bay Resort group general manager David Hay said to support the locals they had long called K’gari Island.
He also said the name was appropriate because the island is truly a paradise.