A Gathering Place for the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
Barrbunin Beek means ‘happy place’ in the Woiwurrung language. A dedicated space where people can come together, it allows the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to establish a place of community ownership, where knowledge can be shared and culture celebrated.
Barrbunin Beek gives local Aboriginal and Torres Strait people a place to call home, a place to meet and a place to build community.
It is located in Olympic Park (The Fred Howe Annex), Catalina Street, West Heidelberg.
Barrbunin Beek is run by the local First Nations community. Banyule Community Health deliver some programs from Barrbunin Beek Gathering Place and in collaboration with Barrbunin Beek Gathering Place Committee.
All community members are invited and welcome to have a voice and influence both local community initiatives as well as broader local government thinking.
Barrbunin Beek community protocols
- Acknowledge and respect country, Traditional Owners and space when on site
- Respect each other and place when on site
- As a community-led and controlled space, all decisions related to the development and use of the Gathering Place needs to be directed through the Community Committee for discussion and decision making
Barrbunin Beek is overseen by a Aboriginal Community Controlled Committee that meets monthly setting the strategic direction of Barrbunin Beek. Banyule Community Health maintains a relationship with the Gathering Place supporting the delivery of important services and programs from the space supported by the First Nations Health Team from Banyule Community Health and Banyule City Council. This Community Committee sets direction for the development of cultural activities and opportunities within the Gathering Place. Central to Barrbunin Beek Gathering Place is its commitment to Aboriginal self-determination which underpins the work of Barrbunin Beek. Banyule Community Health supports this principle and works in partnership with the committee and to raise the voice of First Nations People to improve health and wellbeing outcomes.
The Barrbunin Beek committee meets on the last Friday of every month at 11.30am. The Community Committee is open to all to observe and contribute.
We welcome hearing from all community members, and encourage you to:
- explore new ideas with us
- talk to us about your interest in supporting the community