Renaming Hutton Street
We the undersigned, residents and ratepayers of Macedon Ranges Shire, formally request Council to consult with the local traditional owner group to rename Hutton St, Kyneton so that it acknowledges the region's Indigenous history. This process must aim to fast-track, support, and encourage applications as they arise in the future.
Hutton Street, Kyneton, is named after Charles Hutton, a squatter who had a station on the Campaspe River from 1837-40. Hutton was implicated in one massacre of Aboriginal people in 1838 on the Campaspe, and there is a strong likelihood that he and his men were involved in another.
The renaming of the street with an Indigenous name meansof acknowledging this history and paying respect to the Traditional Owners of these lands. Similar discussions around dual naming of Mount Alexander (Leanganook) are continuing and local places such as Yandoit, Yapeen, Tarrengower, and Baringhup are all Dja Dja Wurrung words that do not exist anywhere else in the world and celebrate a wonderfully unique local language. We want to see the same kind of acknowledgement here in Macedon Ranges. It is important that the council has the correct internal processes in place to enable this recognition to take place.
This petition draws on Council's Reconciliation Action Plan, Naming Protocols, and the State government's Naming rules for places in Victoria.