Kumpupintil Lake has been registered as the official name following a request from the Traditional Owners and the Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation.
Kumpupintil Lake was named Lake Disappointment in 1896 by explorer Frank Hann who, having followed creeks that flowed inland in the hope of finding a freshwater lake, named it after the disappointment he felt on finding it highly saline.
Reward Minerals has said that the term 'Disappointment' is not an appropriate description for the lake and does not reflect Martu ownership and knowledge of their Country. The former name also disparages the ecological richness of this desert landscape, which is important to Martu people for spiritual and ceremonial reasons, as well as being an important place for water and traditional food.
The name 'Kumpupintil' describes how the lake was made and is linked to a Martu creation story, where Martu warriors fought mighty giants in an epic battle.
The company has said it will continue to work closely with WDLAC and Martu Traditional Owners in advancing the project towards development.
Read the article online at: https://www.worldfertilizer.com/project-news/14072021/reward-minerals-changes-name-of-potash-project/