Renaming Mount Eccles to Budj Bim
Budj Bim Council and Parks Victoria propose to change the name of Mount Eccles National Park to Budj Bim National Park and the name of the peak Mount Eccles to Budj Bim.
Why Budj Bim?
The story of the Gunditjmara people is intimately related to the volcanic eruption of Mount Eccles around 30,000 years ago, when an ancestral creation-being revealed himself in the landscape to the Gunditjmara people. Budj Bim (meaning high head) is part of the ancestral creation-bening's body; his forehead is the mountain and the stones are his teeth.
About the current name
Mount Eccles is a 178 metre inactive volcano. Major Thomas Mitchell named the peak Mount Eeles in 1836 after William Eeles of the 95th Regiment of Foot, who fought with Mitchell in the Peninsular War. A drafting error altered the name from Mount Eeles to Mount Eccles around 1845 (Learmonth 1970), an error that has never been corrected. Mount Eccles National Park is named for the peak, which is a major feature of the park.
Who manages the park?
Mount Eccles National Park is cooperatively managed by Parks Victoria and Gunditjmara Traditional Owners through the Budj Bim Council.
Consultation on a proposal to rename the park was undertaken during development of the Ngootyoong Gunditj Ngootyoong Mara South West Management Plan management plan in 2012 and 2013.
The name of the park was one of the main topics raised in public submissions on the draft plan. Although there was support for renaming the park, there was little support for the dual name. The majority of submissions proposed the single name Budj Bim National Park.
Following release of the approved plan in May 2015, Budj Bim Council recommended renaming both the peak and the park Budj Bim.
The use of traditional Aboriginal words and names for parks and park features benefits both the experience of visitors and the mutually respectful relationship with Traditional Owners. The proposed name aligns with the existing Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape. It will support cultural protection, connection to country and growth of sustainable tourism consistent with Gunditjmara values and economic objectives.
Have your say
Parks Victoria is seeking your comments on the proposal to
Rename Mount Eccles (the peak) to Budj Bim
Rename Mount Eccles National Park to Budj Bim National Park
Comments are open until 5.00 pm on 5 September 2016.