Munga-Thirri National Park

Submitted: Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 16:05
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How long has the Simpson Desert been known as the above. Bit of a mouthful but I suppose we'll work it out.
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Reply By: Mick O - Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 17:27

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 17:27
Mate it's only the Queensland section that's named Munga Thirri. At Poeppel Corner it meets South Australia's Simpson Desert Conservation Park ( & Witjira National Park at the western edges of the desert) and the Northern Territory's Simpson Desert Regional Reserve. TheSimpson Desert covers more than 17 million hectares of Central Australia so it's only a realtively small area in QLD.

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Follow Up By: Ozrover - Tuesday, May 01, 2012 at 08:24

Tuesday, May 01, 2012 at 08:24
Well put sir, we get questions like this from time to time.

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Reply By: Member - Justin O (QLD) - Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 17:54

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 17:54
dean, if you reckon Munga Thirri is a mouthful, try some of the Cape York NP's!
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 21:45

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 21:45
Its very recent - thanks for bringing it up.LINK

The re-naming of national parks is an interesting topic.

Can I suggest you think like the Maralinga Tjurutja people who occupy the eastern half of the "Great Victoria Desert". Now how stupid is that name? Queen Victoria never stepped in our country, let alone the desert named after her - she had nothing to do with the place.

In many ways, its the same with the Simpson desert - Allen Simpson was funded the odd "expedition" but does that justify naming a desert after him?

I don't care what names they give to deserts, but its good if the names have some significance.

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Follow Up By: dean e - Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 22:50

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 22:50
Thanks for the link Phil.
No mention of the reason why on the DERM site only that it's changed.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Tuesday, May 01, 2012 at 08:52

Tuesday, May 01, 2012 at 08:52
I think the name Simpson will stick as it has significance to the majority despite attemps at social engineering.

We have managed to get some reversed like Gariweed being returned to the Grampians here in Vic.
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