Status: In Progress

After consultation with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, the City of Greater Bendigo is proposing to rename the Bendigo Athletics Complex in Retreat Road the Lar Bir Pa Bendigo Athletics Complex.

The City of Greater Bendigo is located on the traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung and the Taungurung Peoples of the Kulin Nation, who are the Traditional Owners of this land. As the Bendigo Athletics Complex is located on Dja Dja Dja Wurrung land, the proposed new name of Lar Bir Pa means "a place to run" in Dja Dja Wurrung language.

The City of Greater Bendigo through its Barpungu Reconciliation Plan 2021-2025 is committed to respecting and celebrating our Traditional Owners through the promotion and approved use of traditional language for public spaces and features across the municipality. This is an important step in raising awareness of Traditional Owner and all First Nations Peoples, cultures and places.

The City is committed to acknowledging Traditional Owners' continued connection to the land and to sharing language where we can through Aboriginal place naming.

Between July 5 and August 9, 2021 we asked for your thoughts. Feedback was that it would be nice for the the name include more activities than just running. We are consulting with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation to come up with a new proposed name. Please follow this project to be kept updated.

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