The Queensland Government is about to put the old saying ‘Change is as good as a holiday’ to the test with some suburbs set to undergo a name change.

The greater Brisbane area could be welcoming two new suburbs into the community after the state government released a number of proposed changes following requests from community organisations.

One of the new suburbs proposed for the region’s southside would include Wishart Outlook. If the proposed changes go forward, Wishhart Outlook would comprise of an area bounded by Bulimba Creek to the north, the Pacific Motorway to the south and the Gateway Motorway to the east.

Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Anthony Lynham said that the proposal would clear up any confusion around the delivery of essential and emergency services to the area.

Wooloowin can also expect changes with Kalinga expected to become an official suburb.

Dr Lynham said the public consultation for the change started today.

“The Kalinga Wooloowin Residents Association first kicked off the idea and now is the time for locals to have their say.

“Despite not being an official suburb Kalinga has maintained its identity with the name used by a number of organizations and businesses including the Kalinga Scouts, Kalinga Park Veterinary Surgery, and Brisbane City Council bus route, 321,” he said.

“The proposal taps into that sense of community and has been supported by residents, prominent members of the community, and businesses and community groups including Brisbane City Council and the Nundah and District Historical Society.”

The region could also see the redesignation of Russel Island to Canaipa, Island, which is the traditional Aboriginal name for the island.

Dr Lynam said Redland City Council, the Bay Islands Chamber of Commerce and the island’s traditional owners, the Quandamooka People, all supported the gradual change, which would start with a dual name.

“Dual naming is where two names co-exist until the Indigenous name is broadly accepted,” he said.

“Initially the European name, Russell Island, appears first and the indigenous name, Canaipa Island, appears second.”

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