Track name hits a nerve

THE indigenous community will be further consulted after concerns were raised regarding the naming of the new walking track through the north Bombo quarry.

At its May meeting, the council resolved to name the new walking track the "Thunda" track.

At Tuesday night's meeting, the council were to determine if the mascot image proposed is to be used in the track's signage scheme and marketing.

Cr Steel suggested the name "Thunda", saying Bombo is an Aboriginal word for thunder.

However, in May councillors debated whether that was derived from the name Bombo, some saying it was named after the Aboriginal leader Thumbon.

The councillors decided not to refer it to the council's streets and reserves naming committee for investigation and adopted the name.

At Monday's public access, Kiama's Paul Beaupark said he found the name offensive.

He also questioned the information which said Bombo is the Dharawal word for thunder, and said a name like Thunda could incite racism.

"I have asked non-indigenous Australians what they think of the spelling, local non-indigenous people also find the spelling insulting, as it insinuates that is how an Aboriginal speaks, or [how] an uneducated Aboriginal [person] would spell," he said.

Mayor Brian Petschler said any associated logo or branding would still need to be debated further by the council.

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