A new name for the future

Moreland City Council is currently in the process of changing its corporate name.

Council has collaborated with the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation to design a renaming process and is now commencing consultation with the community on the changes.

On 14 May 2022, Council formally accepted and endorsed 3 name options offered by Wurundjeri Elders.

  • Wa-dam-buk

    Meaning: Renew

    It is pronounced 'wah-dam-book'

  • Merri-bek

    Meaning: Rocky country

    It is pronounced 'merry beck'

  • Jerrang

    Meaning: Leaf of tree

    It is pronounced 'jer-rang'

These Woi-wurrung names have been provided through detailed research and careful consideration by the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation. They reflect the significance of Country and culture as well as honour the opportunity this name change represents as part of the reconciliation and healing journey.

A new name will be endorsed and presented to the Minister for Local Government for consideration by mid-year.

Share your feedback on the name options

Towards reconciliation and inclusion

Here at Council, we have a long history of leadership on issues of racism, inclusion and reconciliation. For many years our description has been ‘One Community, Proudly Diverse’.

In 2021 we signed a Statement of Commitment (pdf) to Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung People and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This Statement of Commitment oversees real actions towards reconciliation.

As a local community we have the opportunity to work together. We want to take positive local action and lead change. We’re looking forward to talking about a new name for the future.


Council Events

  • Renaming Moreland Information Night - Online

    Thursday 26th May, 6:30 – 7:45pm 

    Online - Zoom

    To answer any questions you might have about the Renaming of Moreland, why it is important, and how the community can participate in the process.

    Register now 
  • Uncle Jack Charles Storytime

    Saturday 28 May, 2:00 - 3:00pm

    Glenroy Community Hub

    Spend the afternoon with national treasure, award-winning actor, Aboriginal Elder and activist Uncle Jack Charles. He will entertain and delight you with this special Storytime for families.

    Find out more 
  • Renaming Moreland Information Night - In person

    Wednesday 1 June, 6:30 – 7:45pm 

    Coburg Library Meeting Room

    To answer any questions you might have about the Renaming of Moreland, why it is important, and how the community can participate in the process.

    Register now 
  • Renaming Moreland Information Night - In person

    Tuesday 7th June, 6:30 – 7:45pm

    Glenroy Community Hub - Meeting room 3

    To answer any questions you might have about the Renaming of Moreland, why it is important, and how the community can participate in the process.

    Register now 
  • Screening of 'First Australians' Episode

    Wednesday 15 June, 6:30 - 8.30pm

    Brunswick Town Hall

    This event is designed to open a conversation with the community on the impacts and consequences of dispossession and racism and encourage respectful understanding through education and truth telling. The First Australians documentary explores what unfolds when the oldest living culture in the world is overrun by the world's greatest empire. 

    Register now 
  • Truth and Treaty Yarns

    Thursday 30 June, 6:00 - 8:00pm

    Brunswick Town Hall

    Public forum with Members of the First Peoples Assembly of Victoria and Commissioner of Yoorrook Justice Commission.

    Register now 

Community run events

  • Sowing Sistas: ​Living Together on Stolen Land

    Saturday 4 June 2022, 10:00am - 12:00pm. Online.

    Speak to Self, Speak to Others

    Living Together on Stolen Land Workshop Series 2022 - On the lands of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people.

    Understanding Cultural and Racial Identity to inform Anti-Racism Action.

    As part of the Moreland Reconciliation Network, you're invited to join us in series of monthly conversation workshops reflecting on what anti-racism action looks like when centring Aboriginal and Zenadth Kes [Torres Strait Islander] voices.

    Register for the third workshop: Sat 4 June 
  • Deep Collaboration Webinar 22 – NAIDOC Week

    Tuesday 28th June 2022, 12:00pm - 2:00pm AEST. Online.

    Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!

    Building on the success of their January 26th webinar, Collaboration For Impact and Deep Collaboration is offering another free, conversation-based webinar to highlight how Deep Collaboration can be used to respond to the theme of NAIDOC Week 2022. Convened by Mark Yettica-Paulson, Nikki Moodie, Kristy Muir and Anna Powell.

    Find out more and enrol