Council made a decision on 9 December 2021 to de-name Paul Pisasale Bridge and Pisasale Drive. Following this, a majority of property owners along Pisasale Drive also endorsed de-naming Pisasale Drive.
The call for name suggestions for the Bridge and Drive was open to the community from 22 January to 11 March 2022, with suggestions forwarded to Council for consideration.
Council resolved at its 12 July 2022 Extraordinary Council Meeting:
That having considered the community sentiment on the renaming and the suggested options, the Council authorises the CEO to name the de-named Bridge, Springfield Central and the de-named Drive, Yamanto after consulting with and on advice from the Yuggera Ugarapul People Native Title Party (and for the interim the signs for the Drive remain in place).
Members of YUP were briefed in person on the naming opportunity and YUP members’ advice was sought on potential names. A popular suggestion from the community during consultation was to ‘use a traditional owner name’, with the word Rakali being one of the names put forward.
Rakali is the name used by the Ngarrindjeri people of the lower Murray River/Coorong region of South Australia for the golden-bellied water mouse or water rat. Council sought advice from an expert at the State Library of Queensland on the Yugara/Yagara traditional name for Rakali and was advised it was Kuril.
Following this advice and the correspondence to YUP, a decision was made by the CEO to proceed with re-naming the drive Kuril.
For now, council has decided to leave the bridge at Springfield Central de-named and will continue to consult with and seek advice from YUP on options for its re-naming.
Top 5 suggestions - Paul Pisasale Bridge
Top 5 suggestions - Pisasale Drive