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The Maggolee website, developed by Reconciliation Victoria, supports engagement and partnerships between local government and Aboriginal communities.

why is this important?

Naming council spaces and places after significant local First Peoples, Champions of Change or in Traditional Language is a great way to reinforce the shared history of the municipality. Council places named in Traditional Language, for example Moonee Valley City Council’s ceremonial rock circle ‘Babepal Paen-mirring’, encourages people in the municipality to reflect on the pre-colonial history of the area and the impacts of colonisation. It also helps to create a welcoming and culturally safe environment for First Peoples and the wider community to come together.

Recommended Strategies

  • Consult with Traditional Owners on the use of Language in naming council places.
  • Remunerate Traditional Owners for the use of Language in naming places.
  • Acknowledge, promote, and support local Champions of Change, in consultation with the Champion or their family, by naming Council places after them.
  • Audit council buildings, geographical locations, and places for inappropriate or racist names.
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Case Studies

Hepburn Shire Council and Mt Alexander Shire Council have successfully supported the renaming of Jim Crow Creek, which runs from near Hepburn to the Loddon River, in southern Dja Dja Wurrung country. The renaming is a result of local community members and Dja Dja Warrung Traditional Owners campaigning to remove the name ‘Jim Crow” which is rooted in racial segregation and racism. The creek’s new name, Larni Barramul Yaluk, means Home or habitat of the Emu Creek, and was proposed by Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation (trading as DJAARA) and supported by Djaara Elders. The name change was made official on 11 May 2023 after a successful application to Geographic Names Victoria was made by DJAARA, Mount Alexander Shire Council, North Central Catchment Management Authority and Hepburn Shire Council.

Hepburn Shire Council’s Reconciliation Officer, Donna Spiller, says the renaming is an important act of reconciliation.  
“By allowing community to offer their support for re-instating Dja Dja Wurrung language, culture and pride in our landscape, it is a step forward in acknowledging our shared history and healing Country and community.”

links & resources

Naming Rules for Places in Victoria | Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Geographic Place Names Act 1998 | Victorian Legislation

Records of Geographic Place Names | Public Record Office Victoria

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