6 place names that should change on the Northern Rivers
RECENTLY in Tasmania the animal activist group PETA wanted to change the name of Bacon and Eggs Bay to a much healthier option.
Peas and Carrots Bay, perhaps? Lentils and Mung Beans Bay anyone?
It got us thinking about names around the Northern Rivers that we think should be changed because they are unhealthy/offensive/irrelevant.
A quick survey around the office provided these examples, but we'd love to hear yours.
1. Chinamans Beach, Evans Head
One of Evans Head's beautiful beaches on the south side and named after the fact alluvial gold was found in the area in the 1870s, which attracted around 300 Chinese gold miners.
It was suggested that the current name was racist and perhaps Chinese people don't like being called Chinamen or Chinapersons.
Perhaps because gold was found in small quantities there....Gold's Beach?
2. Mount Warning
The volcanic plug of the now-gone Tweed Volcano, it was named by the then Lieutenant James Cook when he saw it from the sea.
Because the mountain is a place of cultural and traditional significance to the Bundjalung people it's suggested it should primarily be known as Wollumbin.
It currently holds a dual name of Wollumbin/Mount Warning as applied by the NSW Geographical names board in 2006.
How about Cabbageball?
Much healthier than all that meat, although the after effects may be on par for smells.
Besides, there is only so much cow hide patterns we can deal with.
4. Devil's Pulpit
South on the way to Maclean is the hill and state forest with the scary name.
Anyone who has driven along the Pacific Highway will know this area.
It was suggested the name was too negative and perhaps it should be turned around and called Angel's Pulpit.
5. Angel's Beach, Ballina
Still on the topic of angels, it was suggested that calling it Angel's Beach had too many religious connotations.
So perhaps it should be better known as Secular Beach or Atheist's Beach.
What do you think?
Have you ever tried googling the town of Casino and getting a long list of places where you could lose your money?
The suggestion of the town's name being changed would perhaps help people not be tempted by gambling.
Originally it was called Cassino, named after the township of the same name in Italy at the foot of Monte Cassino.
Only because of a misspelling when registering the town, it has since been known as Casino.