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NSW dual-naming policy

Since June 2001, the government has supported a dual naming policy for geographical features and cultural sites. The policy aims to give prominence to Aboriginal place names alongside European counterparts.

To date, 35 sites have had Aboriginal names officially recognised (see the table below). The NSW Government encourages people and organisations to use both names when referencing these sites. For example, Lavender Bay in Sydney could be referred to as ‘Lavender Bay / Gooweebahree’.

Dual naming Aboriginal sites

NSW is home to more than 30 Aboriginal languages. Through place naming, communities can unlock stories and provide a sense of belonging and identity.

In NSW, the Geographical Names Board (GNB) is the authority for naming features such as mountains, bays and rivers along with suburbs, railway stations and other places and sites. Local councils look after naming infrastructure such as bridges and roads.

When the GNB assigns a name, it becomes the officially recognised place name. This means the name is published on maps and made available for the community to use.

Find more information on dual naming at the Geographical Names Board.

Nominate a place name

Anyone can submit a proposal to name or rename a geographical feature, including for dual naming.

Any proposal must have community support before it’s submitted to the Geographical Names Board.

The Geographical Names Board will consult with the community throughout the place-naming process to ensure names reflect local sentiment.

The Geographical Names Board reviews all submissions before making a recommendation to the relevant minister, who will have the final say.

Submit a place name proposal through the Geographical Names Board website.

Dual names in NSW

Non-traditional nameAboriginal name
Bathurst Regional Council 
Mount PanoramaWahluu
Bega Valley Shire Council 
Mount ImlayBalawan
Mumbulla MountainBiamanga
City of Newcastle 
Pirate PointBurrabihngarn
Hexham SwampBurraghihnbihng
South Channel Hunter RiverCoquun
Shepherds HillKhanterin
Flagstaff HillTahlbihn
Ironbark CreekToohrnbing
Nobbys HeadWhibayganba
City of Shoalhaven 
Endrick RiverBeulee
Pigeon HouseDidthul
City of Sydney 
Campbells CoveMeeliyahwool
Potts PointDerrawunn
Bennelong PointDubbagullee
Elizabeth BayGurrajin
Elizabeth PointJerrowan
Fort DenisonMuddawahnyuh
Farm CoveWahganmuggalee
Sydney CoveWarrane
Mrs Macquaries PointYurong
Macleay PointYurrandubbee
Dawes PointTar-Ra
Darling HarbourTumbalong
Eurobodalla Shire Council 
Montague IslandBarunguba
Mount DromedaryGulaga
Little Dromedary MountainNajanuka
Hawkesbury City Council 
South CreekWianamatta
Mosman Council 
Bradleys HeadBooraghee
Chowder BayGooree
Chowder HeadGooragal
Middle HeadGubbuh Gubbuh
Murray River Council 
Edward RiverKolety
North Sydney Council 
Lavender BayGooweebahree
Careening CoveWeeyuh Weeyuh
Blues PointWarungareeyuh
Mosman BayGoram Bullagong
Shoalhaven City Council 
The CastleCooyoyo
Tweed Shire Council 
Mount WarningWollumbin
Woollahra Municipal Council 
Shark IslandBoowambillee