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Fraser Island Renamed K'gari As Indigenous-Led Push Succeeds

Fraser Island is known as one of Australia's best paradises and now it is set to be renamed.

The Queensland government will back an Indigenous-led push to rename the area that covers Fraser Island, its surrounding waters and parts of the mainland as K'gari.

The World Heritage Area, found within the Great Sandy National Park, has been the focus of a long-running campaign by the traditional owners, the Butchulla people, to restore its indigenous name.

K'gari means 'paradise' in the Butchulla language.

“A word meaning paradise in Butchulla language is a much more fitting name for such an iconic place,” Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation chairperson Jade Gould said.

QLD Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said, “I look forward to working with the Butchulla people, stakeholders and the community to progress the necessary steps now for the formal renaming of the entire island to K’gari.”