The World Heritage Area within Great Sandy National Park, which is centred on Fraser Island, along with the surrounding waters and parts of the nearby mainland, has been renamed K’gari – the original Butchulla people’s name for the island.
Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation Chairperson Jade Gould said, “The Butchulla people have been campaigning for years to change the name.
“The name Fraser Island is a tribute to Eliza Fraser—a woman whose narrative directly lead to the massacre and dispossession of the Butchulla people.
“A word meaning paradise in Butchulla language is a much more fitting name for such an iconic place.”
In 2017, the island’s section of The Great Sandy National Park was renamed K’gari, but traditional owners have been campaigning since then to rename the entire island.
Paradise is paradise, and a rose by any other name is still a rose.