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Aboriginal language name proposed for iconic parkland

Aboriginal language name proposed for iconic parkland

Friday, March 01, 2024

Quarry Hills Parkland, the largest regional park in the City of Whittlesea, is set to get a new name.  

‘bunjil nganga Parkland’, meaning ‘eagle view’, is the new name proposed for the iconic parkland following an Aboriginal Cultural Values Study.

The City of Whittlesea worked in partnership with Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation (WWCHAC) to develop a Future Directions Plan for the planned 1,100 hectare parkland. This work included a Cultural Values Study which identified ‘bunjil nganga Parkland’ as the preferred name. 

Quarry Hills Parkland will also be home to the soon-to-be-built Aboriginal Gathering Place, a space within the heart of the parkland that will provide a culturally safe and inclusive space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to come together to feel socially and culturally connected. The gathering place will also support educational services to the wider community to foster reconciliation and community healing. 

City of Whittlesea Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said the new name for the parkland would help visitors better understand the cultural significance and history of the area. 

"As we embark on the next chapter for our much-loved Quarry Hills Parkland, the proposed name 'bunjil nganga Parkland' reflects a profound connection to the Woi-wurrung custodians and their rich cultural heritage. This change is not just about renaming, it's a meaningful step towards fostering understanding and appreciation.” 

The City of Whittlesea community is invited to provide feedback on the proposed name ‘bunjil nganga Parkland'.  

To have your say visit Submissions close on 25 March 2024.