“We’re the rollers, we’re the rockers, we’re the mighty Walyalup Dockers.”
It doesn’t exactly have the same ring to it, but Fremantle icons across the board could all be given alternate titles, with the local council considering giving the city, the Swan River and other landmarks their traditional Aboriginal names.
Speaking to The West Australian, Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said it was “entirely possible” Fremantle could also be name Walyalup, the traditional name for the area.
The Swan River could go by Derbarl Yerrigan.
The idea has been discussed as part of the City of Fremantle’s draft reconciliation plan, with workshops being put together to flesh out the concept.
Dr Pettitt told The West that the idea is the same as co-naming of Uluru and Ayers Rock.
“Obviously Fremantle is a widely recognised brand but we’re seeing more and more … where people understand these places do have names that are colonial and that are Aboriginal,” he said.
“I think you could do that the same here. The interim step is signs — welcome to Fremantle and welcome to Walyalup.”
The City of Fremantle made headlines across the country in 2017 when they moved Australia Day celebrations away from January 26 in order to be more culturally sensitive.