Parramatta Park picnic shelters renamed

Parramatta Park’s picnic shelters have been renamed to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land.

Garraway, Bunmarra, Daramu, Badu, Mana, Duruwan, Gawi and Burramatta are the new names to reflect the area’s origins, sourced by the park trust in consultation with Parramatta Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Advisory Committee.

“Parramatta has always been an important meeting place for Aboriginal people who lived and traded with each other along Parramatta River at the point where the salt water met the fresh water,” executive director Suellen Fitzgerald said.

“Parramatta Park has a close and special connection with Aboriginal culture, with many artefacts including stone axes having been found near The Crescent. We are proud to honour the world’s oldest living culture and share the park’s Aboriginal heritage with visitors.”