Northmead Reserve Name Open To Suggestions

Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott today announced that the Geographical Names Board is seeking public comment on a proposal by Parramatta City Council to name a bushland reserve along Toongabbie Creek in Northmead as “Yana Yirabana.” 

 Mr Elliott said the new reserve will provide improved outdoor recreation and fitness facilities for Hills residents.

 “In an age of increasing technological advances and decreasing free time, it is encouraging to see Parramatta Council’s continued commitment to outdoor recreation opportunities for our community.” Mr Elliott said.

 Chair of the Geographical Names Board, Des Mooney, said the Board is encouraging community comment on the name.

 “Parramatta City Council say the name Yana Yirabana translates to ‘walk this way’ in the local Darug Aboriginal language and recognises the popular walking track that is a dominant feature of the reserve,” Mr Mooney said.

 “The public has one month to respond to the Geographical Names Board.”

 Submissions on the proposal should be addressed in writing to the Secretary of the Geographical Names Board, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst 2795. Submissions can also be made online by visiting the Board’s website (

 The closing date for submissions is Thursday 31 October 2013. Further information can be accessed through the Board’s website.