Proposal to rename the Mid Western Highway

Roads and Maritime Services is proposing to rename the Mid Western Highway the Wiradjuri Highway in recognition of the Wiradjuri nation.

Why change the name?

This is an opportunity to recognise the Wiradjuri culture and heritage of central and south west NSW. The Wiradjuri nation is the largest Aboriginal nation in NSW, centred around the Lachlan, Macquarie and Murrumbidgee Rivers.

The Mid Western Highway is one of only a few state highways to lie fully within an Aboriginal cultural area. It runs from Bathurst to Marsden and from West Wyalong to Hay. Its current name is based on its geographic location. View map.

Renaming the highway creates potential tourism opportunities for recognising Aboriginal culture and heritage. This could include cultural heritage information boards in rest areas or themed signage along the highway.

Community consultation

Roads and Maritime has consulted with local Aboriginal land councils, local shire councils and elected representatives about this proposal.

Feedback was invited from those who live along the Mid Western Highway, including landholders, businesses, community groups, emergency services and government agencies between 20 October and 28 November.

Roads and Maritime is following the policies and procedures of the Geographical Names Board and the Roads Regulation Act 2008 which can be found on the Geographical Names Board website.

Have your say

Submissions are now closed. Thank you for your feedback.

More information

For more information please contact Coordination Manager Michael Power on (02) 6938 1189.

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