With the help of the Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative, through funding from North Coast Regional Landcare, Uncle Gary Williams has provided us with names for six of our sites/work areas, and given us permission for their use. We are grateful to Frances Witt who is collaborating with us on the seaboard to write some extra text for some physical signs, and collaborating with the local primary schools to help their students create some artwork which we will incorporate. In the valley, Bellingen Shire Council will incorporate Balawirr in their upcoming signage at Bat Island, and we will look to see what is possible for physical signs at the Dunggiirga and Wuugun sites in the near future.

Frances Witt and Urunga Public School staff, helping students with artwork at Urunga Wetlands

Johnson Ave, Mylestom:
This translates to ‘salty-freshwater’, it was chosen because this site is between the river and the sea.

Urunga wetlands:
In Gumbaynggirr, this means ‘western wetlands’.

Station Creek, Urunga:
In Gumbaynggirr, this means ‘eastern wetlands’.

Hydes Creek Rd:
This translates to ‘the Koala-one’ in Gumbaynggirr.

Wonga Forest site
Wuugun is the name for the wonga pigeon in Gumbaynggirr.

Bat Island
This is the Gumbaynggirr word for the flying fox/fruit bat.