Last week saw the end of a “10-year battle” over the naming of Queensland’s World Heritage listed Fraser Island – now known as K’gari, officially restoring the name used by traditional owners for more than 60 thousand years.

Local Butchulla people and Australians nation-wide celebrated the landmark change, and the latest in several decades of re-naming events across Australia which acknowledge Indigenous heritage and connection to place.

However, place-name restoration is often a complex issue. So, what determines a place-name change and what can this mean in the broader intricacies of cultural significance?

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Produced By: Emma Wotzke

Featured In Story: Jamie Lowe – CEO at National Native Title Council and proud Gundjitmara Djabwurrung man, Professor James Charles Director of First Peoples Health Unit – Griffith University and proud Kaurna man, and

First aired on The Wire, Thursday 15 June 2023