Fraser name to stay

A CHANGE of name for Fraser Island is not on the cards.

The Department of Environment and Resource Management has revealed that an application for an alternative name for the World Heritage-listed icon suggests that Fraser Island continue as the primary name.

“However, it is proposed that the island would also be known as K'gari, and Gari, recognising the Butchulla and the Badtjala peoples,” Randall Hart, regional services director for DERM, said.

“The application suggests Fraser Island would continue as the primary name.”

DERM is progressing the application from the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation which proposes alternative names for a list of geographical features and places on Fraser Island.

“I want to see Indian Head renamed Yindinji Head,” Mackie Burns, co-chair of the island's indigenous advisory committee, told the Chronicle last month.

The naming controversy was focused on Eliza Fraser, the British woman who gave the tourism hotspot its name.

The island's indigenous community dismissed her as a liar after she returned to England with horror tales of her experiences on the island in 1836.

K'gari, meaning Paradise, was the traditional name of the island.

DERM has now completed preliminary consultations on FIDO's submission with key stakeholders including the Fraser Coast Regional Council, members of parliament, the Fraser Island World Heritage Advisory Committee, traditional owners, historical societies and other community interest groups.

The FIDO submission will be advertised for public comment in the Chronicle.

The consultation period will run for two months, after which Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Minister Stephen Robertson will make a decision.

Fraser Coast mayor Mick Kruger had called for a period of public consultation.

He also resisted a name change, saying it could affect national and international marketing of the island.



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