Promenade name reflects Geraldton’s history

Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian
The walkway along the Beresford Foreshore will be named Jambinbirri Walk.
Camera IconThe walkway along the Beresford Foreshore will be named Jambinbirri Walk. Credit: City of Greater Geraldton

The new promenade running along the recently completed Beresford Foreshore will be named Jambinbirri Walk.

City of Greater Geraldton councillors voted 12-1 in favour of the name during last night’s council meeting.

According to briefing notes, which reference Dr Howard Gray’s book Jambinbirri – Champion Bay, the name given to Champion Bay before European settlement has been lost.

Jambinbai was adopted phonetically from the colonists’ name and Jambinbirri was later derived to adapt to the linguistic conventions of the Wajarri language groups.

The suggestion was tabled by Mayor Shane Van Styn, who said the name would help increase awareness of the Wilunyu language and recognise Geraldton’s history.

“We’re not naming it after anyone, it’s a natural place name for the location,” he said.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to pay our respects to elders and the first people of our city.”

Councillors also supported the opportunity for local Aboriginal artists to provide an artistic installation to mark the start and end of the walk.

In the 2019-20 budget, council will consider allocating funds to commission the artwork.

Cr Michael Reymond voted against the motion.

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