The general manager of the Tweed Shire Council has called for submissions on the naming of the proposed park redevelopment at Hastings Point. The initial proposed name is going to create GPS chaos, as the name is the same as a shire locality nearly eight kilometres away. The park is in Hastings Point, not Cudgera Creek.
I can see people coming down from Queensland with their GPS on with ‘Cudgera Creek’ punched into the location, and with one mistake, going over the rough mountain road to Burringbar… funnier things happen with GPS!
Simple rule is, don’t cause confusion with new names. In a submission to council, I suggested simply using the name Hastings Point Park.
A positive suggestion is to recognise the Aboriginal Australians of the Tweed region through the naming of the park. This is one of the few opportunities to name a prime waterfront location with an appropriate Indigenous name, such as ‘Nguthungulli’, as stated on the Arakwal.com.au website.
This name recognises the Dreaming creator of the wonderful Tweed landscape. He came from the east and the naming of the park will help all visitors to the park recognise and respect the traditional owners of the land and their cultural heritage.
Requests for alternative suggestions have been forwarded to relevant Indigenous groups for comment and submission to council.
Please refer to the Tweed Byron Land Council site http://arakwal.com.au/nguthungulli/ and http://tweed.nsw.gov.au/LinkWeb/pdfs/Tweed_Link_750_web.pdf.
Submissions or comments regarding the proposed naming should be sent to the General Manager Tweed Shire Council, PO Box 816, Murwillumbah 2484 are must be lodged no later than 4.30pm on Tuesday 3 April.
Anthony Pike, Cudgera Creek