Tasmania’s First People fought for years to have their ongoing connection to their land recognised in the names of Tasmania’s most iconic sites. It took a Greens Minister, working cooperatively, to finally achieve this goal.
Tasmania's human story reaches back tens of thousands of years prior to the arrival of the first Europeans in 1804.
Tasmania's First People, the palawa pakana, continue to have a deep, spiritual connection to this land, their home, lutruwita, Tasmania.
All other Australian states and territories have long established nomenclature policies in place to recognize the original names for places of significance to Aboriginal people.
While Tasmania lagged behind our mainland counterparts for years, the palawa pakana had long called on government to establish dual naming in Tasmania.
It took Greens in government to work cooperatively to make dual naming a reality
In March 2013, Tasmania's dual naming policy was launched in the foothills of kunanyi/Mount Wellington with members of the Aboriginal community standing alongside the Premier, Deputy Premier and a Greens Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.
As a community, we can now better show our respect for Tasmania's First People through the landscape we love and share as Tasmanians.
The beauty and richness of the palawa kani language is now embedded in our place names, deepening our understanding of Tasmania's long and rich human story. From wukalina/Mt William and larapuna/Bay of Fires to putalina/Oyster Cover and kunanyi/ Mt Wellington, Tasmania’s place names now reflect the ancient and proud culture of the palawa pakana.
It's a small step down the long path to true reconciliation, but an important one for Tasmania's Aboriginal people.