Jim Crow Creek must go & Indigenous Place Naming must begin in Hepburn Shire.

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For over 10 years members of the community have sought to change the racist name of Jim Crow Creek with the abhorrent terrors behind the name and have it replaced with indigenous titles. Colonials used this name to degrade and commit heinous acts.  It has been seen as racist around the world. This racist name means “blackfella give him nothing" the Creek was a border to the Government Protectrate 1837. The first People were not allowed to cross the creek.

Hepburn Shire Council & Mt Alexander Shire need to implement the writing of their own place-naming policy urgently in the spirit of reconciliation, languages matter and Treaty. This should be placed on Councils agenda immediately.  Specific inclusion of giving indigenous names to geographical features or places that do not already have a official or assigned name; ensuring provision for replacing existing place names that are racially or historically offensive to Indigenous people; giving additional indigenous names to features that already have official names (dual signage)

Signage for historical significance & remembrance for example the genocide at Larnebaramul for acknowledgement and importance of pre white settlement.  Historical signage for the protectorate and massacre sites should also be displayed for education and remembrance. The Shire is full of colony landmarks, where is the respect to those who lived prior to this. Working with other Departments to get this completed.

In your Reconciliation Action Plan, one  of your Actions (Action 7) is working with the Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owners on developing potential sites for co-naming and locations to increase signage acknowledging Traditional Owners across the Shire.  Dual signage falls under the Councils authority.  Let’s start with Lalgambook and Larnebaramul.  Traditional owner groups have identified these and given consent. Many submissions have been made. 

On the 28 March 2013, the Victorian Government and the Dja Dja Wurrung people reached a landmark native title settlement that formally recognises the Dja Dja Wurrung people as the traditional owners of lands in central Victoria. The settlement under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic) was formally signed by the State Government and representatives of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. Years later are still attempting to gain recognition with our Shire

From The Courier, 
”Chief Executive Officer of the Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal Clans Corporation, Rodney Carter, said it would not only be valuable to his people to have the creek re-named with a name or a word associated with Dja Dja Wurrung language, but it would also be a positive step forward for the wider community.It sets the standard for how we can put language back into landscape which is good for identity and reinforces individuality of community.Rodney Carter"It is also about guardianship, custodianship and setting good examples in leadership."The Dja Dja Wurrung were officially given back their land - which spans from near Creswick across to Woodend, up to Rochester and across to Donald - from the state government in 2013 after a landmark native title settlement formally recognised them as the traditional owners. The whole Daylesford area, Mr Carter said, tells a unique story of resilience and survival but also of oppression."Even the geology and the idea of volcanic type events taking place when Dja Dja Wurrung people were present in the landscape. They talk about the argument between Lulgambook (Mt Franklin) and Tarrengower in their own stories which was really them seeing geological events taking place and crafting an appropriate narrative around it to be used as an education tool," he said.“

Using Indigenous and dual names is an important way to progress reconciliation between all people and would show that Council & DELWP are committed to broadening the community’s understanding of our rich Dja Dja Wurrung history in the Hepburn Shire.  All parties should find a prompt way to protect surviving heritage elements of the area.  Change the name & update the signage!