Local landmark Blacks Lookout to be renamed Ngirntaka Point

Published on Thursday, 10 November 2022 at 8:02:00 AM

The Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku has resolved to change the name of Black’s Lookout to the local historical name of Ngirntaka Point at its ordinary council meeting on October 26, 2022.


The process of renaming the lookout was initiated when the Western Australian Land Information Authority, operating as Landgate, contacted the Shire to advise of the risk of a derogatory nature in the current name of Blacks Lookout and sought to revoke the naming. Names that are viewed as discriminatory, derogatory, or inappropriate can be revoked by Landgate and the relevant shire due to noncompliance.  


The Shire worked with the Ngaanyatjarra Council, Land & Heritage (NCLH) on the recommendation of an alternate name prior to submission to Shire Council. As well, Warburton Ranger Coordinators consulted with senior Warburton people on the renaming and considered the connection between the Tjukurrpa with the Brown Range (Ngirntaka) in its recommendation.


“The Shire has a deep understanding and respect of the historical significance of lands within our regional boundaries to Indigenous people,” says Shire President Damian McLean. “This understanding informs our approach to collaboratively work with the local community on issues, including the renaming of the lookout.


I am pleased with the outcome of the renaming process and the Shire’s continued engagement with the local Indigenous communities.”


Ngirntaka Point, formerly Blacks Lookout, is located off Great Central Road east from Warburton, WA.


For media enquiries, please contact:

Damian McLean

Shire President

P: (08) 8956 7966 

E: mail@ngaanyatjarraku.wa.gov.au 

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