Unnamed Pedestrian Throughfare in Epping


Submissions closed at 5pm on Monday 29 August 2022. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Council invited the community to help us name this unnamed thoroughfare in Epping!

Council decision

80 submissions were received from the community during the consultation period. Based on the feedback received, the option, 'Bukbuk Walk', was recommended to Council for consideration.

On Monday 26 September 2022, the City of Parramatta Council endorsed the preferred name of ‘Bukbuk Walk” for the unnamed pedestrian thoroughfare connecting Forest Grove to Essex Street, Epping.

The name will now be recommended to the NSW Geographical Names Board for final approval and gazettal.


Of the unnamed thoroughfare linking Forest Grove and Essex St



Council first sought community feedback on the naming of this thoroughfare in late 2021.

The pre-approved options, Abel Way and Fruit Tree Way, were voted upon by the community. Council received 41 submissions and Fruit Tree Way received 56% of votes.

At Council's meeting on 21 February 2022, it resolved to defer consideration of this matter and consult with local First Nations bodies regarding an appropriate name for the unnamed thoroughfare.

A registered Indigenous Corporation was engaged and pre-approval from the Geographical Names Board for the recommended options was sought.

Council is now seeking to re-engage with the Epping community on the revised list of names.

Learn more about Epping and the Wallumadegal

Epping has been described by Aboriginal Dharug Elders and others as “The Place Of Big Trees”. It has has also been called “The Field Of Mars” relating to the God of War.

Original custodianship and traditional ownership belonged to the Wallumadegal People of the Dharug Nation and Epping’s original place name was Wallumetta before it was changed by settlers and colonisers.

It became a convict timber camp in 1817, established by Governor Macquarie.

Pronouncing words in Dharug

Pronouncing words in Dharug - Key Sounds
Key Sounds Stress is placed on the first syllable (beginning of the word)
a as in cuppa, love & mother
i as in bit, sit, pin & pretty
u as in put, look & should
aa as in father, car & wagan (crow
ii as in see, ski,& peach
uu as in junior or long look and put sound (held longer
ay, ayi as in eye
aw, awu as in towel
dh Like ‘th’at
dy Like j or ch (but no puffing
ng as in si-nger or sa-nger
ny as in onion, canyon
y as in yes
r as in the pirate ‘r’
rr a trill like saying butter


  • September 2021

    Community consultation was held from Wednesday 1 September to Wednesday 22 September on two pre-approved name options.

  • October - November 2021

    Review of community feedback.

  • February 2022

    Preferred name was not endorsed by Council.

  • February 2022

    Preferred name was not endorsed by Council.

  • March 2022

    A registered Indigenous Corporation was engaged to provide suitable naming options for this site in line with Council's resolution.

  • August 2022

    Community consultation on revised naming options.

  • September 2022

    A review of community feedback was completed with the preferred name, 'Bukbuk Walk' put forward for Council consideration.

    At the Council Meeting on Monday 26 September 2022, the preferred name was endorsed.

  • November 2022

    Endorsed name 'Bukbuk Walk' will now be recommended to the Geographical Names Board (GNB) for approval and gazettal.

Proposed Names

Where is the thoroughfare?

Lying between Forest Grove and Essex Street, the unnamed thoroughfare links local residents to Forest Park.

The options

The NSW Geographical Names Board encourages place names that reflect the heritage, culture and identity of a site; and make it distinctive and memorable for residents and the wider community.

For this project, Council invited a Dharug language consultant to suggest names that represent the connection of First Nations people to Epping.

The options presented to the community:

Midiny Walk

Meaning Yam (or locally grown wild potato)

Garada Walk

Meaning Laneway or Short Paths

Guman Walk

Meaning Pine or Fir Tree

Buk Buk Walk

Meaning Owl