In the spirit of reconciliation with its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, Council has resolved to assist the Traditional Owners of Darebin (the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation) to consult with the community on a joint project to rename some places in Darebin, commencing with Batman Park in Northcote and the Federal electorate of Batman.
The bank of the Merri Creek in Northcote, not far from where Batman Park is now located, is understood to be the place where the Batman Treaty was signed.
An important step towards reconciliation includes making a public commitment and taking action to fully recognise, value and accept Aboriginal histories, cultures and rights as part of our shared national identity
From July a group of Wurundjeri Elders will lead a series of conversations and activities in Batman Park to illuminate the many connections between the Aboriginal history and heritage of this local area.
The Wurundjeri Elders and Council recognise the importance and value of our community’s many shared connections to Batman Park and the surrounding area. We are interested to hear from all people who visit, use, work in, learn in, live near and enjoy Batman Park.
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To learn more about reconciliation visit Reconciliation Australia, for information on naming electoral boundaries see the Australian Electoral Commission, and for the John Batman and the Batman Treaty visit the State Library of Victoria.
If you have any comments, questions about the project or some information to share, please contact us.
Coordinator Equity & Diversity
Ph: 8470 8365