Alice Springs Town Council last night approved new street names proposed for the Mt John subdivision, two of them being Arrernte words honouring past traditional owners of the area.
The phonetic pronunciation of these words will be part of the signage and this practice will be adopted for all future street name signage.
The names are Werlatye Court (pronounced Wool-at-ya) and Irrampenye Court (pronounced Irrr-ram-pen-ya).
‘Werlatye’ means ‘woman’ in Arrernte, according to the council papers. Likewise ‘Irrampenye’ means man.
The names go back as far as the oral history records and refer to the ancestors of the present day senior custodians and traditional owners, according to the papers.
The Mt John subdivision is being developed by a commercial entity associated with the native title holders’ corporation, Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation.
The third street name is ‘MacConochie’, an extension of an existing street by the same name.