Mascot may guide Thunda Track walks

Councillor Warren Steel takes a walk with his wife Sandra overlooking Bombo quarry. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Councillor Warren Steel takes a walk with his wife Sandra overlooking Bombo quarry. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

After convincing his fellow Kiama councillors to have a walking trail through the old Bombo quarry named the "Thunda Track" last month, veteran Kiama councillor Warren Steel now wants to give the attraction a mascot.

On Tuesday night, Kiama councillors will be asked to determine if the "mascot" image proposed by Cr Steel should be used in a signage scheme and the marketing of the track.

Last month Cr Steel suggested the track be named "Thunda" as the name Bombo is an Aboriginal word for "thunder".

Despite conjecture among Kiama councillors as to whether Bombo meant thunder or was actually named after the Aboriginal leader Thumbon, the majority of councillors decided not to refer it to the council's streets and reserves naming committee for investigation.

In the report to be presented on Tuesday night, council staff said since the council's resolution to name the track Thunda Track "concerns have been raised in writing by a member of the local community who is an indigenous Australian".

Cr Steel's proposed mascot for the Thunda Track.

Cr Steel's proposed mascot for the Thunda Track.

The writer states that they find the name Thunda Track "offensive and insulting" and have also questioned the reference which verifies that Bombo is the Dharawal word for thunder.

Cr Steel said the mascot would be a marketing tool.

"I just feel if we put signs up people tend not to read them. But, put in a character - then people spot it and remember it."

He proposes to put the mascot character on the trail posts.

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