A new name for the future

Moreland City Council is currently in the process of changing its corporate name in collaboration with the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation.

We undertook an extensive consultation process to decide on a new name.

Next steps

The recommended name is Merri-bek. This new name is now with the Minister for Local Government for consideration. A new name will not take effect until approved through State Government processes, with final approval by Governor in Council.


Merri-bek endorsed for new Council name

We received a huge 6,315 survey responses about renaming and 3,739 (59%) supported Merri-bek – the Woi-wurrung word for ‘rocky country’. Thank you to everyone for your preferences and feedback.

Many people said the name Merri-bek (pronounced ‘merry-bek’) reflects their connection to the Merri Creek, the Moreland landscape and the rocky earth of their own backyards.

There has been a wide range of opinions on our transition to a new name but we have been overwhelmed by the positive response. The survey found there was also 22% support for Jerrang, 13% support for Wa-dam-buk, and 6% preferred no name change.

Transitioning to a Woi-wurrung name is part of Council’s commitment to walking together with the Traditional Owners, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Elders, in reconciliation.

On Sunday 3 July, Council held a Special Council Meeting to endorse the name recommendation Merri-bek City Council as its preferred new corporate name, in lieu of Moreland City Council.

You can read the full Council report and engagement summary report, which highlights in more detail what you told us.

Read our media release about the endorsement of the name recommendation.

Merri-bek

Majority community support for Merri-bek with 59% of responses supporting this name - the Woi-wurrung word for ‘rocky country’

Feedback on the names is now closed

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.