Craig Warhurst
Craig Warhurst

K’gari has a ring of authenticity

CALLS to change Fraser Island's name back to its traditional name, K'gari, may cause controversy in some circles but I think it's not a bad idea.

Last Friday, the world's largest sand island was handed back to its original owners, the Butchulla people, in an historic ceremony on the island.

K'gari means paradise and to me it is a fitting name for one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth.

Changing names of indigenous lands has precedent in Australia with Ayers Rock now called Uluru.

It happens overseas too. I have just returned form holiday in New Zealand or Aotearoa.

Across the ditch they have changed many names and as a tourist I think it adds to the cultural experience.

I would love to see the Butchulla set up indigenous centres on the island and teach tourists about their culture.

It will be a benefit to everyone and hopefully improve the K'gari experience.

Gympie Times


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