Communities to have a say on proposal to rename Mid Western Highway
Wednesday 22 October 2014
Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello are encouraging communities to have their say on a proposal to rename the Mid-Western Highway to recognise the traditional owners of the land.
“We are following guidelines set out by the Geographical Names Board and Roads Regulation 2008 in considering what would be involved in changing the name to the Wiradjuri Highway,” Mr Gay said.
“We have already carried out some early conversations with stakeholders including local councils, Aboriginal land councils and Members of Parliament about the proposal.
“We have a long way to go before we know whether we need to start updating road signage but now we want to hear back from people who live along the Mid-Western Highway.”
Mr Dominello said it was a unique opportunity to incorporate recognition of the traditional owners of the land as part of the highway’s signage.
“The Mid-Western Highway is the only NSW highway which starts and ends in an Aboriginal cultural area,” Mr Dominello said.
“Learning the geography of the Aboriginal nations which have existed on this land for thousands of years is integral to our understanding of Australian history.
“The Wiradjuri Nation is the largest Aboriginal Nation in NSW and is centred on the Lachlan, Macquarie and Murrumbidgee rivers. Renaming this highway to recognise the history and culture of the Wiradjuri people is an excellent initiative.”
To have a say on the proposal to rename the Mid-Western Highway the Wiradjuri Highway, visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au to make a submission by Friday 28 November 2014.
Correspondence can also be sent to Wagga.Wagga.Regional.Office@rms.nsw.gov.au or PO Box 484 Wagga Wagga NSW 2650.
- Siobhan McCarthy 0407 791 802 (Minister Gay)
- Matt Dawson 0427 145 575 (Minister Dominello)
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