A small farming community in rural Queensland says it will not be drawn into a name change despite sharing its name with a contemporary terrorist group in the Middle East.

A statue of the Egyptian goddess Isis.

A statue of the Egyptian goddess Isis. Image by Ashley Van Haeften / CC BY 2.0

The Isis shire of around 6000 people is 50km south of Bundaberg and is said to either be named after the Egyptian goddess for the fertile land there or after the Isis section of the River Thames in Oxford, England. Many of the businesses in the town bear the Isis name including the Isis Devils rugby team. Former mayor Bill Trevor told the Daily Mail: “Once you start giving in or changing your ways because of those terrorist type activities, then they win and you lose and that’s the aim of the game with those people.” Read more: au.news.com