Indigenous names for Casey Fields

By Violet Li

Casey Council has endorsed eight Indigenous names for the roads within the Casey Fields sporting precinct in Cranbourne West.

The precinct has several unnamed roads that are already open to the public. The council had received requests from Emergency Services, Geographic Names Victoria (GNV), user groups, and members of the public to name the roads to improve wayfinding and emergency response times.

The council’s Geographical Naming Officer (GNO) engaged with Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (BLCAC) to encourage the use of Indigenous language to ‘increase equity in recognising underrepresented groups’.

BLCAC provided four words with themes of Indigenous flora and the use of the facility. To echo the recommendation, the council’s Sustainability and Waste team accordingly contributed a list of Indigenous flora names.

The endorsed names are Marngrook (Ball), Tili Terrin (Play), Brungilo (Eucalyptus), Woolepe (Tea-Tree), Pendula, Poranthera, Hypnum, and Manuka.

Casey administrator Miguel Belmar said it was a really fantastic thing about those names being used and local communities being able to find their ways using names that represented the ongoing and continued contact of our indigenous community.

The cost of the street sign manufacture and installation was a total of less than $5000, available through the 2023-24 operational budget for minor works.