New name put for­ward

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Bryce Luff

THE City of Cock­burn will pitch “Treeby” to the Ge­o­graphic Names Com­mit­tee as its pre­ferred name for a new sub­urb in Banjup.

A DE­SCEN­DANT of two Cock­burn pioneers says his fam­ily is hum­bled a new sub­urb could be named af­ter them.

The City of Cock­burn wants to split Banjup’s north into a new sub­urb bounded by Ar­madale Road to the south, Jan­dakot Road to the north, War­ton Road to the east and Solomon Road to the west.

The rest of Banjup to the north of Jan­dakot Road and east of Fraser Road would be in­cluded within the sub­urb of Jan­dakot.

At its Au­gust coun­cil meet­ing the city voted to ad­vise the Ge­o­graphic Names Com­mit­tee (GNC) that “Treeby” was its first choice for the name of the new sub­urb.

Joseph and Emma Treeby set­tled in the area in the 1890s and three of their sons served in World War I.

Steve Treeby, the great-grand­son of Joseph and Emma, said he was shocked when in­formed the Banjup Res­i­dents Group was look­ing to put the fam­ily name for­ward.

“I asked the other mem­bers of the fam­ily and they were very hum­bled,” he said.

“It puts us on the map, but in re­al­ity it’s not us, it’s the an­ces­tors who were the pioneers.

“They put in the hard yards so this would be awe­some.”

Af­ter public con­sul­ta­tion, the city ap­peared to be favour­ing the name “Quen­dalup”, a Nyungar term mean­ing place of the bandi­coot.

But an al­ter­na­tive put for­ward by coun­cil­lor Steve Portelli, with the name Treeby as the first pri­or­ity and Quen­dalup as sec­ond choice, got the nod.

The name also has sup­port from Jan­dakot MLA Joe Fran­cis.

Coun­cil­lor Stephen Pratt voted in favour of Quen­dalup, a name put for­ward by the Abo­rig­i­nal Ref­er­ence Group and gen­er­ally sup­ported by af­fected landown­ers.

Mr Portelli said many of those were from Stock­land’s Cal­leya de­vel­op­ment and had not been ex­posed to the history of the area.

The GNC will con­sider the names be­fore com­ing back to the city.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d436420

Steve Treeby at the Banjup me­mo­rial, which fea­tures the names of three of his fam­ily mem­bers.

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