wonguim wilam (Warrandyte River Reserve)

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Consultation has concluded

Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback on the concept plan for a new and upgraded play space along the Warrandyte River Reserve.

The consultation is now complete and the results showed there was a good level of support for the new play space, designed to connect children with nature and offer play opportunities for children of all ages and abilities.

Overall, the community were in favour of concept's direction, including the natural look and feel of the space.

However there was large support for the existing grass space to remain, therefore we've adjusted the size of the play

Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback on the concept plan for a new and upgraded play space along the Warrandyte River Reserve.

The consultation is now complete and the results showed there was a good level of support for the new play space, designed to connect children with nature and offer play opportunities for children of all ages and abilities.

Overall, the community were in favour of concept's direction, including the natural look and feel of the space.

However there was large support for the existing grass space to remain, therefore we've adjusted the size of the play space.

Changes to the final design include:

  • retention of the open grass space
  • reduced number of picnic tables
  • smaller footprint on the main structure
  • one less spinner.

The stage two upgrade includes:

  • full play space design and upgrade
  • new shelter, drinking fountain, BBQ, picnic area to accompany the play space
  • new art piece are with an indigenous focus and community art piece.

Works on the upgrade of the play space are anticipated to begin early 2022 and to be completed by June 2022. The existing play space will be completely removed for the duration of works.

Check out the final design, and stay tuned for more updates.

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Consultation has concluded
  • Official name for wonguim wilam, Warrandyte.

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    We're excited to announce the name wonguim wilam has been officially gazetted (page 31).

    This is a proud achievement in reconciliation for Manningham. The name was endorsed at the September Council Meeting and was submitted to the Geographic Names Office for approval.

    Stay tune for more information about the park, the story behind the name and how to pronounce it correctly.

    In the coming months, we will be installing interpretive signages on site to tell the story and history of the name, First Nations people, Warrandyte Bridge, former tennis courts and recognise the Warrandyte Lions Club's contribution.

    Stage two of the upgrade with the new playspace, BBQ shelter and artwork is progressing with works to commence on site in February 2022.

  • wonguim wilam

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    The upgraded park along the Yarra River in Warrandyte, locally known as Lions Park, will finally be given an official Woi-wurrung name to reflect the language, culture and heritage of the local Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people.

    The name wonguim wilam was officially endorsed at Council Meeting last month and will be submitted to the Geographic Names Victoria for endorsement.

    Driven by our commitment to reconciliation, we have consulted with key stakeholders including the Lions Club of Warrandyte, Masterplan Community Reference Group and the Wurundjer iWoi-Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation.

    We thank the Lions Club of Warrandyte for not only maintain the park and tennis courts over the 40-plus years, but for their willingness to lead our community in supporting this name change.

    Check out our full media release and frequently asked questions on this page.

  • A Woi-wurrung name for park in Warrandyte

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    The upgraded park and land along the Yarra River in Warrandyte, locally known as Lions Park, will be given an official Woi-wurrung name to reflect the language, culture and heritage of the local Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people.

    Following earlier consultation with key stakeholders, last week Manningham Council met with the Warrandyte Lions Club and Masterplan Community Reference Group, who showed support to adopt a Woi-wurrung name for the park.

    Manningham Mayor Cr Andrew Conlon said Council’s commitment to reconciliation is underpinned by respect for the rich and complex nature of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung culture and heritage and thanked the Warrandyte Lions Club for taking up this important opportunity in reconciliation.

    “While Council has committed to creating equity, equality and building relationships, and is close to finalising our Reconciliation Action Plan, reconciliation requires a commitment from the whole community,” he said.

    “The Lions Club have shown their willingness to be a community leader by supporting this name change.”

    In the coming weeks the precinct will be given a Woi-wurrung name approved by the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, honouring the original owners of the land.

    “We would like to thank past and present members of the Warrandyte Lions Club of the last 40-plus years for maintaining the park and the tennis courts, as well as contributing $45,000 towards the latest exercise equipment,” Cr Conlon said.

    Warrandyte Lions Club President David Englefield said it was an honour to look after the park and provide a much loved gathering space for the community over the last four decades.

    “The Lions Club has always been looking to make a difference and improve the lives of the Warrandyte people and others in our community,” he said.

    “Reconciliation is important and this is an incredible opportunity for us to work with Council and with due consultation, provide leadership in honouring First Nations communities.”

    Works on the playspace upgrade are anticipated to begin early next year and completed by mid-2022.

    The completed upgrade of the park will feature significant signage taking visitors on a journey through its history and the involvement of the Warrandyte Lions Club.

    Manningham will continue to work with the Warrandyte Lions Club on recognising their contributions on a plaque and interpretive signage.

    Manningham will continue to work with the Warrandyte Lions Club, Warrandyte Historical Society and the Warrandyte Community Association on the maintenance of the park to ensure it honours its past and present custodians.

  • Colourful art piece installed

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    Check out this colourful art piece next time you’re down at Lions Park along the Warrandyte River Reserve.

    During the Warrandtye Pottery Expo this year, Warrandyte ceramic artist Jane Annois and Clay Talk at Montsalvat led a children’s art activity in creating these colourful ‘leaves’ representing leaves from the local area. In June, our landscaper Crafted Landscape installed the new art element along the path edging by the new shelter under the bridge.

    Special thanks to Clayworks Potters Supply in providing the clay, colours and firing, and Clay Talk at Montsalvat for donating their time with the children.

    The Warrandyte Pottery Expo is an annual event on the last weekend of February. It is proudly supported by the Manningham Arts Grants.