Seeking public comment

Published on Friday, 8 September 2023 at 4:40:42 PM

The Shire of Boyup Brook is seeking public comment on the proposal to have dual naming of the Blackwood River to include its Aboriginal name – Goorbilyup. 

The Blackwood River runs through the Shires of West Arthur and Boyup Brook, through Kaneang Country, to the Shires of Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Nannup and Augusta-Margaret River, through Bibbulmun and Wadandi country.  The Aboriginal name for the Blackwood River is the same for each language group so there is only one Aboriginal name to use along the length of the Blackwood River.  

The dual naming of the Blackwood River acknowledges our local indigenous culture, stories and the significance of the Goorbilyup as a sacred site to First Nations People.

To submit your comments, please email the Shire at with ‘Dual Naming of the Blackwood River’ in the subject line, or post your comments to the Shire of Boyup Brook, PO Box 2, Boyup Brook WA 6244. 

Closing date for comments is Friday 6th October 2023.

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