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New Australia Post processing facility unveiled with dual name in Traditional Language

Emma Ruben -

A new Australia Post processing facility has opened in Boorloo (Perth) with a dual name in the traditional language of the Noongar nation.

On Thursday, Australia Post in Boorloo launched a brand new processing naming it Boorna Wangkiny Mia.

The name translates to 'home of the message stick' and honours one of Australia's oldest forms of communication and cultural diplomacy, the message stick.

It comes as some First Nations women are working to create a digital database to identify Traditional Place Names across Australia.

Historically, message sticks would be passed from Elders to visitors when entering their lands, seas and rivers. They remain important cultural emblems which can connect people and communities.

Whadjuk Noongar Elder and professor Len Collard worked with Australia Post through Moodjar Consultantcy.

Mr Collard said the symbol of message sticks were a fitting choice for a dual Place Name.

"Message sticks were the first way messages were shared. One man couldn't travel all the pathways, it had to be passed ceremonially to the representative of the next Country," he said.

"They carried specific symbols to be translated to each carrier as it was passed over from one pathway on Country to another, so the name Boorna Wangkiny Mia works very well for a facility like this that helps to transport items on behalf of other people from around Australia and the world."

Boorna Wangkiny Mia is Perth's first facility with state-of-the-art automation and the ability to process close to 200,000 parcels a day during peak periods.

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