Council welcomes in new era with Wanju decision

Wanju has been confirmed by the Shire of Dardanup Council as the name of WA’s newest city to be located east of Eaton.

At its meeting on Wednesday night, Council agreed with its Engineering and Development Services Committee‘s recommendation of Wanju – a Noongar word meaning “welcome”.

It was also decided an associated area of industrial land will be called Waterloo Industrial Park.

The decisions mark the end of an eight-month process to Name Our Future with a public competition calling for suggestions held in two stages, followed by extensive stakeholder consultation, including Aboriginal elders.

Winners of cash prizes as a result of the naming outcomes will now be advised by post.

The entrant who submitted Wanju will receive $1000.

Waterloo was submitted by several entrants so Council has selected a winner by referring to the reasoning supplied.

This entry will also receive $1000.

Entrants who also reached the short-list of six for the urban and industrial areas will each receive a $100 prize.

Included in the short-list were:


  1. Gardiner
  2. Benang
  3. Avonlea
  4. Kingia
  5. Waterloo


  1. Kingia
  2. Wandoo
  3. Shenton
  4. Prinsep
  5. Eloura Park

Shire President Mick Bennett said finalisation of the project names was a great outcome and marked a new phase in the development.

“Council is very grateful to the community for their participation and effort in preparing submissions and background information,” Mr Bennett said.

“The level of public interest in this project so far has been gratifying and we look forward to keeping the community informed of our progress in partnership with the WA Planning Commission over coming years.”