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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Aboriginal Name for Jervis Bay National Park


12 March 1997
(25/97)

One of Australia's most popular national parks, Jervis Bay National Park on the New South Wales south coast, is to have a new name.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has welcomed a decision by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal community, who jointly manage the park with the Commonwealth Government, to rename it 'Booderee National Park'.

The Jervis Bay Botanic Gardens will be known as the Booderee Botanic Gardens.

'Booderee' (pronounced budda-ree) is a local Aboriginal word meaning 'bay of plenty'.

"Applying an Aboriginal name to the national park and botanic gardens is a significant step towards creating more awareness of the area's rich Aboriginal history and culture, and the Wreck Bay community's links with the land and bay.

"This is the first Commonwealth botanic garden and the second Commonwealth national park to be handed back to the traditional owners and renamed with an Aboriginal term.

"I am confident the new term will be adopted with the same success as 'Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park', which replaced the name 'Uluru (Ayers Rock-Mt Olga) National Park' and is now in common use worldwide."

The legal process to formally change the names should be completed by mid 1997.

Jervis Bay National Park and Botanic Gardens were handed back to the Wreck Bay Aboriginal community in December 1995.

They are now jointly managed by the Wreck Bay community and Environment Australia under the internationally-acclaimed model applied at Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kakadu national parks.

Each year more than 750 000 people visit the park and botanic gardens which feature shell midden sites, more than 180 species of birds, 37 species of mammals and beaches with some of the whitest sand in Australia.

Contact: Matt Brown (Senator Hill) 06 277 7640 or 0419 693 515

Tim Richmond (Environment Australia) 06 250 9500 or 250 0766

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