Vote now to name Brunswick’s two new parks (media release)

Moreland Council is asking the community to cast their vote to name Brunswick’s two newest parks at Tinning Street and West Street until Friday January 24, 2020.

The nominations for the 2000 square metre Tinning Street park include Garrong Park, meaning 'Wattle' in Woi Wurrung language, Bagung Dijirri Park, meaning 'Gather everyone' in Woi Wurrung language and Sampson Rope Park, recognising the former Sampson Rope Works opposite the park.

Bulleke-bek Park, taken from the former Aboriginal name for Brunswick, and Yubup Park, meaning ‘Parrakeet’ in Woi Wurrung language, are the suggested names for the 2,600 square metre West Street park.

The name options were raised during community consultations in September 2019.

Moreland Mayor Cr Lambros Tapinos said the name options for both parks were excellent suggestions from the community that touch on the history, heritage and character of Brunswick.

“Our two new parks will transform industrial landscapes to provide accessible open space areas for members of our community who may not have access to local parks,” Cr Tapinos said.

“The name suggestions raised are fantastic representations of the area’s origins and equally signify how open spaces can connect place to culture and identity.”

Morelanders can cast their vote at or in writing, stating their preferred name along with their name, address and contact details. Written votes can be emailed to quoting NAM/2019/2 in the subject, mailed to Liz McDonald, Property Officer at Merri-bek City Council, Locked Bag 10, Merri-bek 3058 or delivered to the Merri-bek Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street Coburg.

Both parks will offer features to cater for Merri-bek’s diverse community including spaces for children’s play, art murals by local artists and a drink bottle refill station for Tinning Street. West Street will include trees, adventure play elements, indigenous art and plantings.

The two new parks are being developed as part of ‘A Park Close to Home’ Council’s long-term plan to ensure that everyone living in the City of Merri-bek is within 500 metres walking distance of a park or open space, and within 300 metres for those living in the city’s busiest, high-density areas.

The parks are due to open mid-2020. 

Virtual impression of West Street park
Virtual impression of Merri-bek’s new park at West Street, Brunswick.