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What's in a Name?

22nd August 2016

With the new footbridge in place, residents once again suggested a meaningful name be selected in keeping with that chosen for the community leisure centre’s main auditorium – the Moongalba Room.  The word ‘Moongalba’ is Jandai for ‘sitting down place’ or ‘meeting place’. Jandai is the language of the Quandamooka people of Stradbroke Island. In 2008 some of our residents were introduced to Rose Borey, an elder of the Quandamooka people. It was suggested then, and enthusiastically approved by Rose and residents that the name Moongalba be used.

Once construction of the footbridge was complete three words from the Jandai language were shortlisted and residents voted on the final name. Hence the ‘Wirawira Walkway’ gained its name and was officially opened on Friday 22nd July 2016.  Wirawira according to the Jandai language dictionary means ‘place where there is water’ and after some recent much needed rain, the watercourse looked spectacular on official opening day, and will continue to flourish.

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