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 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

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.

Using Indigenous and dual names is an important way to progress reconciliation between all people and would show that Council is committed to broadening the community’s understanding of our rich Dja Dja Wurrung history in the Hepburn Shire.  Change the name & update the signage!