THE Mandurah Entrance Road, currently under construction, will officially be kwnon as Mandjoogoordap Drive.
The road will provide a direct link to the city centre from Lymon Road on the Kwinana Freeway.
The name ‘Mandjoogoordap’, pronounced man-joo-goord-daap, relates to the heritage of the district and is the original Noongar name for Mandurah.
Mandurah Mayor Paddi Creevey said using the City’s original name highlighted Mandurah’s significant heritage and would aid reconciliation with the Aboriginal community.
The City had originally recommended the road be called Mandurah City Entrance but this was rejected by the Geographic Names Committee due to duplication.
“Following further research it was discovered that Daisy Bates wrote in her diary that Mandjoogoordap was the original Noongar name for Mandurah and means ‘meeting place of the heart’,” Mayor Creevey said.
“This term could be used to promote Mandurah as a meeting and conference destination.”
“Apparently, Thomas Peel had difficulty pronouncing Mandjoogoordap and told the Noongars that he was going to change or shorten the name.”
Mandjoogoordap Drive is scheduled for completion later this year.