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Holding Redlich unveils new Turrbal language names for Brisbane meeting rooms in consultation with traditional owners

06 April 22 - Media Release

With the support of Brisbane’s Turrbal Tribe, national law firm Holding Redlich has given new names to its Brisbane office meeting rooms in the language of the city’s traditional land owners.

In an onsite ceremony, the names of each room have been formally gifted to Holding Redlich by Turrbal women, Elder Maroochy Barambah and Baringa Kukoyi. Each meeting room is named after local plants found in the Southeast Queensland region that have a strong connection to the Turrbal Tribe.

The renaming follows an extensive period of consultation and guidance with Turrbal Elders, resulting in the firm gaining permission to use each name. The consultation process was led by Cairns-based First Nations lawyer, Ms Nareeta Davis of Holding Redlich.

Ms Davis said the new names will play a small but respectful role in honouring Brisbane’s traditional land owners and preserving the Turrbal language.

“For many thousands of years, local plant life has been an integral part of Country for the Turrbal Tribe. To receive permission to use these names through respectful consultation is a wonderful gift and demonstrates the Tribe’s amazing generosity.

“It is encouraging to think that for years to come, Turrbal names will be spoken daily in Holding Redlich’s Brisbane office, bringing people together to meet.”

Mr Ian Robertson AO, Holding Redlich National Managing Partner, said the renaming of rooms aligns strongly with the firm’s commitment to reconciliation.

“We are delighted with the outcome of this important and challenging initiative, which presented a significant learning and collaboration experience and has set us up strongly to pursue further reconciliation initiatives in the year ahead,” said Mr Robertson.

“Through Holding Redlich’s Reconciliation Action Plan, we are committed to championing the rights of First Nations communities, respecting cultures and creating future opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

Learn more about Holding Redlich’s Reconciliation Action Plan here.

Names of Brisbane office meeting rooms

Turrbal nameEnglish translation
KumbartchoMoreton Bay Ash
BiggarRed Ironbark
MungarBlue Gum
YuraSpotted Gum
BurudaForest Oak
TabbilpallaFig Box
KagarkalBlack Wattle
NgoangnaMoreton Bay Fig

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