Sydney Park Wetlands Naming Proposal

Consultation has concluded




The City of Sydney sought feedback on a proposal to name Sydney Park’s four wetlands. The proposed names are Aboriginal Sydney language words for native fauna. They celebrate the natural history of the area and acknowledge the traditional custodians, the Gadigal.

The names were sourced from The Sydney Language by Jakelin Troy, the most comprehensive word list of the Sydney language published and accepted by the Aboriginal community. You can read the Council report in the document library and listen to the sounds of the words in the audio library.

Consultation for this naming project has now closed. We’d like to thank all those people who participated in the consultation. All the comments and feedback we received were positive. We will take these to the City’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel prior to seeking Council endorsement.


The names for the four wetlands (see corresponding map in the image library) are:


1. Wirrambi Wetland – means bat.
Tiny microbats feed over the wetlands at night.


2. Guwali Wetland - means cormerant.
These birds are visitors at the wetlands and can be seen diving for fish.


3. Bunmarra Wetland – means lizard. Sydney Park is one of the last places blue tongue lizards are found in the City


4. Gilbanung Wetland – means grasshopper.
These insects can be seen and heard throughout the park.





The City of Sydney sought feedback on a proposal to name Sydney Park’s four wetlands. The proposed names are Aboriginal Sydney language words for native fauna. They celebrate the natural history of the area and acknowledge the traditional custodians, the Gadigal.

The names were sourced from The Sydney Language by Jakelin Troy, the most comprehensive word list of the Sydney language published and accepted by the Aboriginal community. You can read the Council report in the document library and listen to the sounds of the words in the audio library.

Consultation for this naming project has now closed. We’d like to thank all those people who participated in the consultation. All the comments and feedback we received were positive. We will take these to the City’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel prior to seeking Council endorsement.


The names for the four wetlands (see corresponding map in the image library) are:


1. Wirrambi Wetland – means bat.
Tiny microbats feed over the wetlands at night.


2. Guwali Wetland - means cormerant.
These birds are visitors at the wetlands and can be seen diving for fish.


3. Bunmarra Wetland – means lizard. Sydney Park is one of the last places blue tongue lizards are found in the City


4. Gilbanung Wetland – means grasshopper.
These insects can be seen and heard throughout the park.


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