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Australia’s fabulous fauna reflected in Throsby street names

Streets in the developing suburb of Throsby have now been assigned prominent Australian fauna names, Minister for Planning and Land Management, Mick Gentleman announced today.

Minister Gentleman said the ACT Places Names Committee had recommended the fauna theme for Throsby streets in 2014 based on the location of the north western boundary of Throsby adjoining the Mulligans Flat and the Goorooyarroo Nature Reserves.

“Throsby residents may be fascinated to know that a number of streets have been named after local fauna.

“Rosenberg Street is named after a lizard called Rosenberg’s Monitor which nowadays is found in small isolated populations in the ACT, sandstone country of NSW, Victoria, coastal regions of South Australia and in southwest Western Australia.” Minister Gentleman said.

“Verreaux Crescent references the Verreaux’s Tree Frog, which is listed in the ACT Wildlife Atlas covering the Mulligan’s Flat and Goorooyarroo Nature Reserves.

“Perunga Rise, on the other hand, commemorates the Perunga Grasshopper, which is found in scattered locations in south-eastern Australia in natural temperate grassland. In the ACT it is recognised as a threatened species.

“Two street names, Banggu Street and Mirri Close, highlight words from the Ngunnawal language. The Ngunnawal word ‘Banggu’ translates to flying-fox or flying-squirrel and the word ‘mirri’ means native dog or dingo. While dingoes are not encountered in Canberra suburbs they are protected in core areas of the Namadgi National Park.

“The traditional language of the Torres Strait Islands is also reflected in the Throsby street name Kaigas Street. In the traditional language of the Torres Strait Mabuiag Island the word ‘Kaigas’ means shovel nosed shark.

”Bird names have been reserved for streets in the future suburb of Molonglo.

“Each Canberra suburb has a theme by which its streets are named and I would encourage all Canberrans to learn more about the name of the street they live in,” Minister Gentleman concluded.

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