Perth Council To Rename 'Blackboy Park' Over Racism Criticism
The name of Blackboy Park is racist, according to the local council, and will be changed after a resolution.
The City of Joondalup council met on Tuesday night to discuss an alternative name for Blackboy Park in Mullaloo, in Perth's north.
"Blackboy is obviously politically incorrect and racist," councillor Philippa Taylor told 10 daily.
The push to rename the park began in March, when councillor Russ Fishwick called for a report into changing the name "on the basis that the use of the term blackboy may no longer be considered appropriate."
"Most people now consider this name to be offensive to Aborigines, or at least belonging to the past, preferring instead grasstree," a council report from March read.
"As a result, we use the term carefully, with respect to the original custodians of the land, and seek to steer well clear of any racist or derogatory posture."
A report was presented to the council last week with the new name of Karalundie Park put forward, based off the name of an adjoining street.
However, after consulting local Indigenous elders, Taylor said she had doubts over that title as it is also the name of a mission near Meekatharra, in the state's mid-west.
"The name is inappropriate because it’s not local to the area and could also have negative connotations," she said.
Taylor also found opposition from the public. She said the majority of local residents opposed the name change, and this would have to be considered at the next council meeting.
Fishwick told 10 daily the next step was to seek further comment from elders on an appropriate name for the park and to reconvene in August.