HERITAGE NOD: community hub, library for taking place-based names

The new community hub and library at ARMSTRONG Creek would have names recognizing the area’s Indigenous heritage under a proposal currently undergoing public consultation.

The City of Greater Geelong has suggested that both facilities have location-related names in the Wadawurrung language.

The project currently known as Armstrong Creek West Community Hub would be named Poa Banyul Mount Duneed Community Hub; Poa Bunyul meaning “grassy hill”.

The library would become known as Biyal-a Armstrong Creek Library. Biyal-a means “place of many red gums”.

The names proposed by the city are part of a process to name three major community facilities being built in the municipality alongside the Drysdale Library, which would take the name Boronggook, meaning “turf”.

“The city has undertaken a detailed engagement process with the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation in the proposed naming of the buildings,” Geelong Mayor Peter Murrihy said.

“The city has also worked with the Geelong Regional Library Corporation to come up with names for the Armstrong Creek and Drysdale libraries.

“The proposed names for the three facilities reflect something of the Indigenous history and culture of each region in which they are located.

Cr Ron Nelson, Chairman of the Geelong Regional Library Corporation, encouraged comments on the suggested names.

“The City encourages members of the community to consider the names chosen, given their significance to the regions in which the facilities have been developed,” said Cr Nelson.

“Engagement with the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation informed the initial process, and now the community has the opportunity to contribute to the decision-making process.”

Comments on names are open until July 29 on the council’s pledge website at yoursay.geelongaustralia.com.au/naming-new-community-facilities

The community center at Unity Drive, Mount Duneed, is due for completion in March next year.

It will include a range of family services such as kindergarten, maternal and child health, as well as community spaces.

The library will join Armstrong Creek Town Square at Main Street and is expected to be operational in early 2024.