Nunyara Gardens for Naracoorte

THE site formerly known as Narkindie Park has a new name - Nunyara Gardens.

Meg and Rod Dohse bought the 3.33ha of land earlier this year and put a call out to the community to find an appropriate title for the former housing estate.

Naracoorte's Chris Parker had the winning entry and will enjoy a holiday to the Grampians as her prize.

"Nunyara" is an indigenous word meaning "made well again".

Mr Dohse said there were more than 30 entries with suggestions of possible names.

"We got entries from a broad spectrum of the community - younger people through to the more senior citizens who have had a longer association with the town," he said.

"Some we had were reflective of local history and place names used in the past and some missed the brief a bit and didn't give a reason for the name they chose."

Nunyara Gardens was the stand-out.

"The name Chris chose we thought was very apt when you consider Narkindie Park's chequered past and where the new project is going to take it," he said.

"It has a nice feel to it. Nunyara Gardens, we think, will appeal to a good cross section of the community."

Mrs Parker said it didn't take her too long to come up with the name.

"When I heard about the competition I just got out an encyclopaedia dictionary and just started looking through the meanings of words," she said.

Naracoorte's Chris Parker (left) is congratulated by Meg Dohse after coming up with the winning name for the site formerly known as Narkindie Park.

Naracoorte's Chris Parker (left) is congratulated by Meg Dohse after coming up with the winning name for the site formerly known as Narkindie Park.

"I came across 'made well again' and looked across at the word and it was 'Nunyara'.

"I actually knew the word already - I grew up in the Adelaide Hills and there is a national park there called Nunyara."

To complement the new name, the Dohses have also come up with a logo for the area.

"Keeping in mind 'made well again' we have chosen a frog," Mr Dohse said.

"Frogs only live in pristine and clean areas so we thought it would be appropriate to have that as the emblem.

"We see frogs as a sign of a healthy ecosystem in keeping with the theme of rejuvenating the former housing estate and making well again," Mrs Dohse added.

The Dohses are currently looking forward to an approved development plan in November which they will then present to the public.

They have received a positive level of interest from interested bodies.

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