Wyndham Council conducted its first cultural site cleanup for a land investment project that would be home to a new community center in Truganina.
Bunurong Elder Uncle Mik Edwards and his son Eric Edwards led Mayor Peter Maynard and Councilors Susan McIntyre and Robert Szatkowski, and guests in a ceremony on Bunurong Country.
Wyndham Council said the cleansing of cultural sites recognized and respected traditional Bunurong practices and that it was an opportunity to honor the importance of connecting with land, culture and community.
“This is a meaningful, important milestone for our city,” said Cr Maynard.
“Wyndham City is deeply committed to developing and nurturing strong partnerships with the traditional owners of the lands on which Wyndham is built.”
Council said the new community center in Truganina will be a safe, warm and inviting place where local people of all ages and backgrounds come together, connect and participate in the community.
Construction of the Truganina Community Center will begin in late 2022 and is expected to be completed in 2024.
This $18.4 million project was supported by the state government, with $4 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund, $3 million from a Building Blocks Grant and $921,000 from the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.