Elected members have backed a proposal for Augusta’s Blackwood River to have a dual name. In the most recent council meeting the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River council gave unanimous support to a bid by the neighbouring Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes through which the Blackwood also runs. The Aboriginal name Goorbilyup would be put to State Government agency Landgate for support. “The Blackwood River and its tributaries hold importance as a sacred site to local Noongar language groups,” the council report said. “Goorbilyup is the river’s Aboriginal name and it means the intestines of the stomach. “The area around the river was known to be a land of plenty — hence the Pibelmen (plenty). “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 Undalup Association’s Sandra Hill and had wider support, including that of Wadandi elder Wayne Webb. Augusta-Margaret River Shire president Paula Cristoffanini said it was a timely move amid Reconciliation Week. Cr Tracey Muir said the name inclusion had the support of local elders who told her “country is waiting to hear its name” spoken. 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. The Shire’s recently formed advisory committee had also given the move the tick, but Landgate required all local governments sharing the river to give their support, Mr Clynch said. The moves comes amid talk in the local business community of harnessing the Pibelman name Tallinup as a possible dual-branding move for Augusta. The Times understands proponents believe recognising the Noongar history of Augusta should be considered, with Tallinup also a way to distinguish Augusta from the US city of the same name for marketing purposes.