A new $13.2 million community centre being built in Wyndham Vale now has a name with deep meaning.
Previously dubbed the Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre and Integrated Family Centre, the building is now officially known as the Wunggurrwil Dhurrung Centre.
The name is now effective after being gazetted by Geographic Names Victoria in accordance with State Government Naming Rules. Residents had the opportunity to provide feedback, which was overwhelmingly positive.
Wyndham City Mayor, Cr Mia Shaw, said the name means “strong heart” in the Wadawurrung language.
“I’m looking forward to seeing this centre complete and open to the public later this year,” Cr Shaw said.
“The Wunggurrwil Dhurrung Centre will provide the growing Wyndham Vale population with kindergartens and other children’s and family services. It will provide a place for people who live in this neighbourhood to meet each other, and connect,” Cr Shaw said.
“It will also be unique as it will provide a dedicated space for Aboriginal people to strengthen connections to culture, community and country. The Wyndham Vale community can look forward to a centre with three kindergarten rooms, a beautiful playground, a range of consulting rooms for maternal and child health and other services, two community activity rooms for larger functions and accessible changerooms for those living with disability,” Cr Shaw said.
There will also be activity rooms, an arts and craft room, a meeting room, men’s and women’s cultural spaces, and an outdoor ceremonial space for the Aboriginal community. “We’ve been planning this for years, and it’s nearing completion. It’s a great example of Council working in partnership with our local Aboriginal communities,” Cr Shaw said.
Wyndham City acknowledges the State Government’s contribution of $3.16 million towards this project. The centre is expected to open by late 2019.
For more information visit www.wyndham.vic.gov.au