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The parcel of bushland to the immediate north of town through which the Margaret River runs has been formally named Nguraren Kalleep (pronounced ‘Nah-ren kah-leep’) in recognition of, and respect for, Wadandi Country.
The name means ‘Ringtail Camp’ in Wadandi language and gives a formal title to the 18 hectares of bushland previously known, as ‘A Class Reserve’.
Shire of Augusta Margaret River President Ian Earl said the name was firstly determined in consultation with local Wadandi Elders via the Undalup Association.
The Shire then followed a wider community consultation process, before submitting the name request to Landgate which was officially accepted in August 2020.
“The reserve has always had cultural, historical, geographical and environmental significance to many people,” Cr Earl said.
“The name fits beautifully to acknowledge the Indigenous connections to the site and reflects the importance of the bushland in preserving its unique native wildlife, most notably the Critically Endangered Western Ringtail Possum (‘Nguraren’).”
The Shire will host an official Nguraren Kalleep Reserve naming ceremony in celebration of the name in conjunction with Nature Conservation Margaret River Region’s upcoming Wooditjup Bilya Community Connections event at the neighbouring Rotary Park. Event details are:
 
Wooditjup Bilya Community Connections Event
Date:     Saturday 27 March
Time:     10am – 3pm
              (Welcome to Country at 10am)
              (Reserve re-naming ceremony at 10.15am)
Place:    Margaret River Rotary Park
Includes: Guided walks, face painting, entertainment, food and drinks for purchase.
 
Cr Earl encouraged the community to attend this free event, enjoy the positive atmosphere and celebrate and connect with Wooditjup Bilya, the Margaret River.
“The naming of the reserve and connecting with the natural and cultural values of Wooditjup Bilya is something I’m really proud to be a part of,” he said.
“I look forward to seeing everyone there, enjoying the occasion with us.” 

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