Official ceremony renames local waterways

Melbourne Water today officially renamed two creeks, Bunjil Creek and Honeysuckle Creek, in Gisborne at an official smoking ceremony alongside members of the Wurundjeri Tribe and local council.

Melbourne Water sought to drive the process over three years in collaboration with the community, from the initial conception to rename the creeks, through community consultation, to the official renaming today.

With permission from the traditional land owners, the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council, the previously named South Gisborne Drain was reopened today as Bunjil Creek. The new name was chosen in recognition of the Wurundjeri spirit totem of the Wedge-tailed Eagle.

Melbourne Water also officially named Honeysuckle Creek, a previously-unnamed arm of Jackson Creek.

The name was chosen to improve the profile and importance of honeysuckle in line with an Australian Native Plant Society project aimed at reviving local populations.

Melbourne Water General Manager of Waterways and Land, Tim Wood, said it was wonderful to be able to partner with the Gisborne community in the important work.

“This has been an exciting project, and we’re pleased to have found suitable names that are meaningful for the community. We hope this initiative will contribute to greater community ownership and advocacy of the waterways around Gisborne,” he said.

“We were able to act as a facilitator to ensure the views of the local Council and Community Groups were heard and communicated, to ensure a mutually beneficial outcome.”

Creek naming day with the community.