Recently Tasmania caught up with the rest of the country by finally implementing a dual place name policy, as I blogged about here. In an edit of that post I linked to a news article reporting that the Tasmanian Aboriginal community is opposed to a proposed cable car develpoment on kunanyi (Mt Wellington). Today it was announced that the developer behind the cable car has registered kunanyi as a domain name on the internet as reported here in local newspaper The Mercury.
I haven’t heard official word from the local Aboriginal community yet but personally I am angered and dismayed that the long fight for dual-naming to be recognised has been immediately disrespected by someone who is obviously acting in opposition to the wishes of the traditional owners of this land.
EDIT 18/3/13 In response to the kunanyi domain name being registered by the cable car developers Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre spokeswoman Heather Sculthorpe says here that any suggestion that the use of ‘kunanyi’ by the cable car group in an attempt to improve relations with Aboriginal people is laughable.
“We’re used to Aboriginal culture being ripped off, there’s not much new about this. We’re not going to give more publicity to the cable car idea, making a public fuss about it.”.