Place renaming crucial in upholding First Nation’s heritage and culture

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Last week saw the end of a “10-year battle” over the naming of Queensland’s World Heritage listed Fraser Island – now known as K’gari, officially restoring the name used by Traditional Owners for more than 60 thousand years.

Local Butchulla people and Australians nation-wide celebrated the landmark change, and the latest in several decades of re-naming events across Australia which acknowledge Indigenous heritage and connection to place.

However, place-name restoration is often a complex issue. So, what determines a place-name change and what can this mean for broader culture?

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