Our office in Hervey Bay is closing so I have accepted a new position in Brisbane and will be moving down very soon.
To me, it seems, Hervey Bay has been going through a bit of a second slow period in the past few months. Some businesses, which made it through the rough economic patch during the financial crisis, have decided to close because things are just not picking up.
The company I work for has been operating in Hervey Bay for about 5 years and employed three staff here. Lately, we’ve been working on jobs from the Brisbane office, rather than generating our own. I do consider myself lucky that we have been offered positions in Brisbane.
I’m hoping to move to Nundah and will need to find an apartment to rent down there over the next few weeks! Wish me luck!
I fully support a dual naming of Fraser Island to include its Traditional name, K’Gari.
The State Government confirmed at the weekend it was considering a proposal for dual-naming of the iconic island.
The local Butchulla people want the internationally renowned island’s traditional name K’gari restored. K’gari means paradise.
The Fraser Coast Chronicle
While I understand that the island has been marketed as Fraser Island for decades, and the region, for a lesser period, as the Fraser Coast, I do think that a gradual introduction of the Traditional name is appropriate and worthwhile.
This discussion, for me, brought up a wider topic: that Australia doesn’t tend to exploit it’s rich and interesting Aboriginal history and culture to attract tourists. We should consider renaming locations and landmarks throughout Australia to reflect their Traditional names, not just to include and recognise the Indigenous people of those areas, but also to attract tourism and develop a sense of community.
Broadly speaking, the Indigenous story or history behind a name is often much more interesting and meaningful than the story behind the currently recognised name, even to non-Indigenous Australians.