Since 2016, we have been trading as Yangoora Close.
As of June 2019, we will now be trading as The Plastic Free Shop.
‘Yangoora Close‘ was a name I held very close to my heart as it was the street name of my childhood home. In a suburb of southern Sydney, my home was nestled in amongst gum trees and immersed in relatively large, undisturbed expanses of native bushland. It is where I felt connected to my surroundings in the environment. Naming my business Yangoora Close symbolized ‘home’ in the sense that this earth is the home we share with billions of people, and that we are all responsible for its care.
When naming the street names of my childhood suburb, the local council used aboriginal names sourced from various reference materials. The traditional owners of the area are the people of the Dharawal nation. Like all first nation peoples, the Dharawal people have suffered tremendously and continuously, especially being one of the first encounter the British.
Yangoora is the Gunai name for a particular species of eucalyptus tree, the stringy bark or red gum. However, the Gunai nation is hundreds of kilometres away in Gippsland, Victoria. This signifies to me that when naming the street names of the area, the local council did not consult the traditional owners. It is my personal opinion that, with permission from local elders and in attempt to revive and pass on the Dharawal language, the council should have used local Dharawal names for the streets. And further, I feel it would be culturally insensitive to continue to trade under this name.
As well as changing the name of the business, I would like to acknowledge the people of the Dharawal and Gunai nations as the traditional custodians of their respective lands. I would also like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the Ngunnawal nation, of who’s land we now carry out our business, and pay my respect to the Ngunnawal elders of the past, the present and the future.