Meet the LA Girl who named our new City

Millbridge resident Trish Delaney is enjoying a new connection with her new homeland after winning the Shire of Dardanup’s competition to name WA’s newest city.

Trish moved to Australia from Los Angeles about six years ago and decided on submitting the name ‘Wanju’ after conducting some internet research about Noongar culture.

Wanju is a Noongar word for ‘Welcome’ and Trish said she liked it because it sounded beautiful, was easy to pronounce and had a nice meaning.

As the competition winner, Trish receives a $1000 cash prize but said the honour of naming a new city far outweighed the value of the prize.

On Friday, Trish joined Deputy Shire President Peter Robinson and CEO Mark Chester on a visit to Wanju’s northern boundary near the Collie River – an area that will be retained as a recreation reserve as plans for the city develop.

Trish said it was romance which initially lead to relocation from her LA home to the South West of Western Australia, but after falling in love with the more relaxed pace of life here, has now been an Australian Citizen for two years.

Also winning $1000 in the competition is Bunbury resident Paul Harris who submitted the name Waterloo for the development’s associated area of industrial land.

Waterloo Industrial Park received several entries in the competition however Paul was awarded the prize due to providing the best accompanying reasons for the name.

Another 10 people have been advised they will receive a $100 prize after their submissions reached the naming short-lists.