What is Barrbunin Beek?
A gathering place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in and around Banyule. The gathering place is located in Olympic Park (The Fred Howe Annex) next to the walkway to Northland. It is called Barrbunin Beek, which means ‘happy place’ in the local Woiwurrung language. It gives local Aboriginal and Torres Strait people a place to call home, a place to meet and a place to build community.
Barrbunin Beek is a joint project between the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, Banyule Community Health and Banyule City Council to have a dedicated space where people can come together. It allows the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to create a real connection to country by establishing a place of community ownership, where knowledge can be shared and culture celebrated.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander controlled
Barrbunin Beek is overseen by a committee that meets monthly and is supported by the Aboriginal Health Team from Banyule Community Health and Banyule City Council. This group sets direction for the development of cultural activities and opportunities within the gathering place. It also advises Banyule Community Health and Banyule City Council on matters relevant to local People.
All community members are invited and welcome to have a voice and influence both local community initiatives as well as broader local government thinking.
A range of community activities happen at Barrbunin Beek, including men’s and women’s groups, cooking and food share activities, holiday activities for children, and cultural education.
- Sista Circle, 10:30am – 3:00pm
- Nhalinggu Bagung Art Group, 10:00am – 2:00pm
- Details to be advised (a proposed Men's Group)
- Foodshare, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays
- Yuloo (local Aboriginal Dance Group)
Email us or visit us the Barrbunin Beek Community Facebook Page
Principal committee contacts
Rob Patton, Building Site Development
Natashia Corrigan, Committee Member
Barrbunin Beek Community Protocols
- Acknowledge and respect country, Traditional Owners and space when on site;
- Respect each other and place when on site;
- As a community-led and –controlled space, all decisions related to the development and use of the gathering space needs to be directed through the community committee for discussion and decision making.
The Barrbunin Beek committee meets on the last Friday of every month at 11.30 am (following Food share). The committee is open to all to observe and contribute.
We welcome hearing from all community members, and encourage you to:
- explore new ideas with us;
- talk to us about your interest in supporting the community; or
- start a program or group at the gathering place.