The City of Ballarat, in partnership with the Victorian State Government, is currently delivering a multipurpose kindergarten and community hub at 18 Donegal Drive within the Ballymanus Estate (located next to the Djila-tjarriu Playspace). With the building due for completion in December 2023, the City of Ballarat is now seeking feedback on the proposed naming of the facility as the Djila-tjarriu Community Hub, and the kindergarten as the Djila-tjarriu Kindergarten.
The City of Ballarat has collaborated with the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation to receive language permission for the use of the name Djila-tjarriu (pronounced Jilla-ja-roo).
The word Djila-tjarriu means Place of Play and this traditional Wadawurrung naming would see the facility connect into the existing Djila-tjarriu Playspace that is next to the kindergarten and community facility.
Individuals are encouraged to provide feedback relating to the proposed naming of the new facility. Consultation will be open from 15th December to 15th January.
Further information relating to the current Naming Rules under the Geographic Place Names Act 1998 can be found at https://www.land.vic.gov.au/place-naming/first-time-here/about-geographic-names-victoria