A Hepburn Shire creek gets an indigenous name to replace racist one

May 11, 2023 3:44 pm in by
Image: Hepburn Shire

After years of lobbying a creek in the Hepburn Shire with a racist name has officially been re-named.

Jim Crow Creek has now become Larni Barramal Yaluk meaning home or habitat of the Emu Creek.

The old name was a reference to racist policies in the American south in the 1800’s.

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Mayor, Cr Brian Hood, said the decision by Geographic Names Victoria was most welcomed.

“The term Jim Crow has its origins in racial segregation and anti-black racism and is therefore unacceptable,” Mayor Hood said.

A historic reference to the name Jim Crow Creek will be included in the VICNAMES register and will remain a part of the region’s history.