MAJOR landmarks in Greater Bendigo could bear both Indigenous and non-Indigenous names in future.
Council moved during tonight's meeting towards dual naming for the municipality's key sites, in an effort to better recognise and preserve the city's Indigenous culture.
Councillors unanimously agreed to engage with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and the broader community about the idea.
Mayor Margaret O'Rourke drew parallels between the concept and place naming practices well established in New Zealand.
"It makes me very proud to have this conversation," she said.
"We can't change the past but we can certainly change the future."
Cr O'Rourke said she had already had informal discussions with Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation group chief executive Rodney Carter.
Sites suitable for dual naming would have to be identified. Cr O'Rourke's motion recognised the need for the city to financially support the corporation to undertake the work.
"I'm excited. Let's get started," Councillor Jennifer Alden said.
She said dual naming of key Greater Bendigo sites would be a significant step in the city's reconciliation action plan.
"It's a commitment to increasing recognition across the municipality," Cr Alden said.
This year is the International Year of Indigenous Languages.
"There is certainly a power in language," Cr Matt Emond said.
"I think this is a wonderful idea."
He anticipated some backlash, saying: "For those who might think conspiracy or takeover, definitely not."
Cr Emond said the proposal was about acknowledgement and recognition of the municipality's first people.
In stating their support, both Cr Alden and Cr Malcolm Pethybridge cited the success of the Indigenous names given to two of the city's landmarks - the Ulumbarra Theatre, and the Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre.
"Everyone calls Gurri Wanyarra, Gurri Wanyarra - they don't call it the Kangaroo Flat pool," Cr Pethybridge said.
The notice of motion was one of the main talking points during yesterday's meeting.
Councillors moved to progress a number of key strategies, including adopting the budget for the impending financial year.
The city will consult with the community about its draft industrial land development strategy and the draft background report.
Councillors also adopted the implementation framework for the city's public space plan.
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