Menang Noongar history, stories and language could be preserved in the names of 28 natural landmarks as a historic City of Albany dual-naming project nears a milestone. Miaritch (Oyster Harbour), Yakkan Toort (Dog Rock), and Moodrenup (Sandpatch) are among the names which will be submitted to Landgate, if endorsed by the City of Albany Council this month. If approved by Landgate, the landmarks will be officially recognised by two names, but the Aboriginal names will appear first. Only naturally occurring landmarks can be dual-named. The guidelines prohibit dual naming of roads or suburbs, so the proposal to dual-name Binalup (Middleton Beach) would have no impact on residential or business addresses, according to a City officer’s report. “Menang Noongar place names are part of the unique history of Albany and the region, and serve to remind the broader community that this area has a lengthy and absorbing history that predates the arrival of Europeans by tens of thousands of years,” the report said. “Restoring traditional Menang Noongar place names not only re-establishes original names for places, but shares meaning and significance these places have for traditional custodians, allowing their value to be shared in turn with the wider community. “Dual naming is an opportunity to re-learn language and stories, reconnect to country, and recognise Indigenous custodianship.” The list of 28 names is the result of significant consultation with the Menang Noongar and wider community by the Restoring Menang Noongar Place Names project team, led by historian Murray Arnold, anthropologist Rob Reynolds, and Menang elder Vernice Gillies. The team traced the Menang names of more than 200 locations in historical records and through consultation with Menang Noongar families. After further community workshops, 66 Aboriginal place names were agreed on and advertised for public feedback in December. This led to 163 community submissions, of which “90 per cent supported the proposal”. Twenty-eight locations made the final list, of which 11 are unnamed “reserves, geographic features, waterways and vegetation” which would be officially named for the first time using the Menang Noongar names. Point Possession would be entirely renamed Uredale Point, to honour Uredale, a respected Menang elder and doctor who died in the early 1800s. The officer’s report said the remaining 38 places were on private property or land managed by the State Government, but the City would push for dual-naming of those sites in the future. Concerns were raised over the “pronunciation and location of places by emergency or essential services”. However, the report said the words would become “familiar and easy to use within the community” and would not pose a risk to emergency services. If the names are approved, the next step will be securing funding to update signage, maps and other publications. Final approval could be made by Landgate before the end of the year. Proposed dual-names: Eungedup / Lake Saide Kalyenup / Major Lockyer Park Takenorup / Parker Brook Walchecup / Mount Elphinstone Yakkan Toort / Dog Rock Kep Mardjit / Vancouver Spring Yerringurrup / Willyung Creek Yoorlarup / Napier Creek Miaritch / Oyster Harbour Mutenup / Foundation Park Binalup / Middleton Beach Naaranyirrup / Lake Vancouver Watterup / Oyster Harbour Fish Traps Willyungup / Willyung Hill Tjuitgellong / Lake Seppings Moodrenup / Sandpatch Eleven unnamed reserves, geographic features, waterways and vegetation could be officially named for the first time using a Menang Noongar name. Point Possession will be renamed Uredale Point.