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YOUR SAY: Changes to Caboolture West

Moreton Bay residents have until 3 February 2023 to have their say on a proposed amendment of four existing local boundaries and the naming of five new localities in Caboolture West.

On 22 April 2022, The Department of Resources received a proposal from the Moreton Bay Regional Council recommending altering the current boundaries of Upper Caboolture, Wamuran, Bellmere and Rocksberg, creating new suburbs named Lillywood, Wagtail Grove, Greenstone, Corymbia and Waraba.


“The two-month community consultation period on this proposal will close on 3 February 2023, and Moreton Bay Residents are encouraged to have their say.”

In their proposal, Moreton Bay Regional Council justifies the changes due to the substantial population growth predicted in Caboolture West in the coming decades. It is believed that the new suburb names will ensure adequate delivery of postal and emergency services to the area.


Caboolture West is expected to become Moreton Bay Region's largest emerging community over the next forty years. The implementation of the proposal means that some addresses will have a change of suburb, whilst their street number and name will remain the same. The Department of Resources will directly mail known affected addresses.


Australia Post and Queensland Police Services have been consulted with no objections. Whilst Native Title has not yet been determined over the area, consultation and engagement have been undertaken with the registered Cultural Heritage Body for the area - Kabi Kabi Peoples Aboriginal Corporation – leading to the endorsement of the use of the Kabi Kabi word 'Waraba' as the name for one of the suburbs and the overall city name.


Waraba (wa-ra-ba) is a Kabi Kabi word that means 'burn', referring to the traditional land management practices carried out by the Kabi Kabi Peoples.


Lilywood is a hybrid of 'lily' and 'wood' in reference to the Blue Flax-lily (Dianella caerulea), a common plant native to the Caboolture region.


Wagtail Grove refers to the bird commonly known as the Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), with Grove meaning a small wood or plantation of trees.


Greenstone references the unique igneous rock in the area known as Rocksberg Greenstone.


Corymbia (co-rym-bi-a) is a genus of about 115 tree species generally referred to as Eucalyptus, of which several species are common in the Caboolture area.


Do you support the names: Waraba (for the whole city and a suburb within it), Lilywood, Wagtail Grove, Greenstone and Corymbia?


The two-month community consultation period on this proposal will close on 3 February 2023, and Moreton Bay Residents are encouraged to have their say. Find out more at www.haveyoursay.resources.qld.gov.au, email the place names team at QldPlaceNames@resources.qld.gov.au or call 13 74 68.


Following the State Government's two-month community consultation period, they will consider all submissions received. The Minister for Resources will then make the final decision. If approved, the Minister's decision will be published on the Department of Resources website.

The changes will be recorded in the Gazetteer of Place Names, the official record of approved names recognised under the Place Names Act 1994.


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