Racist place names in Queensland’s north to be changed

Department of Natural Resources and Mines

Ten localities in the Australian state of Queensland containing the N-word will be discontinued and renamed due to racist connotations. The decision comes after community concerns about a place called N*****s Bounce led to its removal from all databases by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines in May. Other names that have been discontinued include Mount N*****, N***** Head and seven instances of the name N***** Creek, all located in north Queensland.
A department spokesman said the decisions would be published in the Queensland Government Gazette in late September.

The Department of Natural Resources said the racist names would not be completely eradicated because they still appeared on historical maps and plans, and would be retained in the Queensland Place Names Register.

It is in the process of accepting submissions from local councils, community groups and the public for appropriate names of the locations.