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Elders Robbie Lowe and Locky Eccles.

Indigenous recognition at Woodford

News Article Date: 
Monday, 11 December 2017

The upgraded Jubilee Park at Woodford has a new dual name which recognises the indigenous history of the area.

The park is now known as Jubilee Park – Wurrumbit Birrng Yaar.

The Friends of Jubilee Park, with the assistance of Elder Rob Lowe, Joel Wright from the Victorian Aboriginal Language Corporation and the Gunditj Mirring, Kuuyang Maar and Eastern Maar groups, submitted a joint naming request to Council.

The request was agreed to in June 2016 and was subsequently officially adopted by the Office of Geographic Names.

Wurrumbit Birrng Yaar is from the Dhauwurd Wurrung and Peek Wurrung languages and translates to long waterhole.

A new sign with the joint name was officially unveiled on December 8 by Mayor Cr Robert Anderson. Present were Elders Rob Lowe Senior and Locky Eccles along with members of the Friends of Jubilee Park and students from Woodford Primary School. 

A bluestone and timber seat has also been constructed and installed in the playground at the reserve to acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional custodians of the land – past and present - within the Maar nation.

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