A neighbouring South West council may have nixed the prospects of dual naming the Blackwood River to honour its Aboriginal heritage. The Boyup Brook council recently voted 6-2 against the proposal from the Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes to add the name Goorbilyup to the Blackwood. In June, the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River council unanimously backed the move, which was needed for Landgate to formally add the dual name to the South West river which terminates in Augusta’s Flinders Bay. Boyup Brook council said its decision to decline the dual naming was in response to public consultation in which 10 of the 16 submissions opposed the change. Boyup Brook Shire president Richard Walker said there were a range of reasons for the majority of the consultation being against the change and that the council had to take it into consideration. “It was something the community should have some say in and there was definite opposition towards supporting that and that’s what influenced the decision of the council,” he said. “There were a range of reasons, with a combination of concerns, but we have to consider the community’s point of view.” The decision comes as the Shire of Harvey is set to debate if it will continue with a welcome to country before meetings and formal events after one councillor called for the “tokenism” to be scrapped. The Augusta-Margaret River Shire report noted the Aboriginal name means “the intestines of the stomach”. “The area around the river was known to be a land of plenty — hence the Pibelmen (plenty),” the report said. “The name Goorbilyup is the same for each of the language groups along the length of the river.” The dual name was backed by a Cultural Inclusion Advisory Committee that included the Undalup Association’s Sandra Hill and had wider support, including that of Wadandi elder Wayne Webb. Bridgetown-Greenbushes Shire chief executive Tim Clynch said the move had the backing of his council. “Having dual naming of the Blackwood River would be an historic and significant accomplishment and an important step in the acknowledgement of our local Indigenous culture and stories given the significance of the Goorbilyup as a sacred site to First Nations people, still connected to the land and waters of this river system,” he said. Bridgetown-Greenbushes Shire president Jenny Mountford said the Boyup Brook Shire council was the only one that had not come back with an affirmative response towards the dual naming.