We're naming Reservoir’s newest park

The park at the former Ruthven Primary School site currently doesn’t have a proper name. We need your help picking one!

We’ve consulted with the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation and Darebin Aboriginal Advisory Committee to narrow it down to three potential names in Woiwurrung language.

The options are:

  • Nganga Nyinguwa Park – “gan-ga nee-in-gah-wa” (meaning ‘see and do’ in Woiwurrung language)
  • Wat Ganbo Park – “what gan-bow” (meaning ‘we are one’ in Woiwurrung language)
  • Biik Guljin Wayi Park – “bik gul-jin way-ee” (meaning ‘land – people – us’ in Woiwurrung language)

Listen to the names

Sound file kindly supplied by Elder Aunty Gail Smith on behalf of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation.

A bit of background info

To give Reservoir locals more open space to enjoy, we purchased the former Ruthven Primary School site at 74-76 Glasgow Avenue from the State Government on 19 July 2017.

Together with our community, we created a long-term vision and plan for the park called the Reimagining Ruthven Masterplan. The vision for the area, which includes a bushland sanctuary theme, will come to life over the next 20 to 30 years.

In 2021 we also finalised designs for a new playspace at the park, which is currently under construction.

Council resolved on 24 May 2021 to consult with the community on a new name for the park as part of the Masterplan vision. The proposed names are consistent with Darebin’s Road and Place Naming Policy.

Where is the park?

The park is located at the former Ruthven Primary School site at 74-76 Glasgow Avenue, Reservoir. It's not the same park as W Ruthven VC Reserve, which is in Preston and is keeping its name.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to have their say. Voting ended on Sunday 3 July 2022.

All votes will be counted, the name with the majority of votes will become the official name of the former Ruthven Primary School site, subject to approval by Council and Geographic Names Victoria (GNV). After voting ends, we’ll start a formal process to change the site’s name with GNV.

All votes and objections must comply with Naming Rules for Places in Victoria, Statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities – 2022.

Vote in-person at the park

Thursday 23 June 2022 03:30 pm – 04:30 pm

Darebin staff will be at the playground area (weather permitting)

Come along and ask us questions or place your vote in person

Wednesday 29 June 2022 03:30 pm – 04:30 pm

Darebin staff will be at the playground area (weather permitting)

Come along and aks us questions or place your vote in person

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For more information about the Reiminaging Ruthven Masterplan and the design of the playspace please see the project pages below.