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New name for Bramley National Park

New name for Bramley National Park
Glenn Wilmott
  • Recognising the significance of Aboriginal heritage and culture 

Bramley National Park, in the heart of Margaret River, has been renamed to Wooditjup National Park to reflect the area's significance to the Wadandi people.

Wooditjup (pronounced wood-it-jup) was formally adopted as the new name for the national park in late January 2018 after consultation with traditional owners and the South West Boojarah Working Party.

The park is home to stunning karri, marri and jarrah trees as well as a number of native species, including western ringtail possums, brush-tailed phascogales and quenda.

It is also popular with walkers and mountain bike riders, with plans underway to construct more mountain bike, walk and shared-use trails within the national park this year.

The name change is part of a wider policy of using national park names that are recommended by Aboriginal land custodians, where possible.

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

"The area has always been known as Wooditjup to the Wadandi people, so it is wonderful to be formally recognising the name.

"This Government is committed to protecting and preserving our unique Aboriginal heritage and empowering people through initiatives like the $20 million Aboriginal Ranger Program, which focuses on enhancing skills and creating jobs.

"The McGowan Labor Government strongly supports the recognition of Aboriginal heritage and acknowledges the important role traditional owners play in land management."

Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt:

"It's important to acknowledge and promote the long history of the Wadandi people's connection to this land, and the proud place it takes in Western Australia's shared history.

"This Government is committed to protecting, preserving and promoting our unique Aboriginal heritage."