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Somerville community demands change of ‘offensive’ name

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A shortlist of new names for a bushland reserve, road and preschool in Somerville has been drawn up after the community indicated the name ‘Blacks Camp’ was offensive.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, with support from the Bunurong Land Council, has come up with a list of proposed names for Blacks Camp Rd as well as the reserve and preschool that share the name after residents said ‘Blacks Camp’ was a derogatory term and offensive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In 2004, an archaeological survey near the northern side of Blacks Camp Rd found more than 200 artefacts and discovered four Aboriginal sites. It is believed the road, preschool and reserve were originally named due to some knowledge of the Aboriginal habitation of the area.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Sam Hearn said the shortlisted names had been carefully selected to celebrate and recognise the significance of the area, and Cr Julie Morris said the council had listened to the community that had championed the change.

“Renaming the road and surrounding landmarks is an important initiative, and I’m looking forward to working with our community to choose names that reflect our rich cultural heritage,” Cr Morris said.

You can share your views on the proposed names, listed below, at, or email,  before 5pm on September 21.

Proposed names for the reserve
• Beek Beak (pronounced “Biik Biik”), meaning ‘earth’/’many lands’
• Burinyong Balug (“Burinyong Balook”); Burinyong means ‘Bunurong’, Balug means ‘mob’, ‘people’, ‘group’ or ‘clan’
• Mayone Balug (“Moi on Balook”), meaning ‘Bunurong Clan’, the area at the top of the Mornington Peninsula and the head of Western Port Bay
• Ngooraak (“Nugrook”), meaning ‘mountain’

Proposed names for the pre-school
• Beenap, meaning ‘manna gum’
• Tillerkite, meaning ‘play’
• Turrum, meaning ‘she-oak’

Proposed names for the road
• Decangery Drive, referring to the area
• Worwong Ave, referring to the area

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