Moreland City Council has determined the next steps to renaming the municipality, with a community engagement process towards a new name supported at the 9 March Council Meeting.
Moreland Mayor Councillor Mark Riley said all residents will be able to have their say on the new name, with several options put forward by Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Elders.
“We’re honoured that Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Elders have offered to work with us on this significant naming process.
“Collectively, we decided that the best way to take real action towards reconciliation, and to honour our Statement of Commitment, is to choose a name from Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung language.
"Elders are currently working on several diverse name options that will give the community an opportunity to reflect on how they want to be represented moving forward.”
The proposed name options will be presented at a Special Council meeting in the coming weeks, with a community consultation process to start soon afterwards. Every resident and business owner within Moreland will have the opportunity to provide their feedback on the options for names.
The process will include a community education program that will encourage residents to dig deeper to understand the complexities of local history and how it impacts people today.
After the community consultation process, expected to finish by late May, a Council meeting will then consider community feedback and choose a preferred new name for the municipality.
The preferred new name will then be recommended to the Minister for Local Government for final decision.
For more information on the renaming decision and engagement process, visit the Conversations Moreland website.