Stewarts Reserve
Stewarts Reserve

Official Renaming of Stewarts Reserve, Armstrong Creek to ‘Dooliebeal’

This engagement is complete

Date: Thursday, 7 March 2019 to Tuesday, 9 April 2019


The City in conjunction with the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation, trading as Wadawurrung, the Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) for the Greater Geelong area are proposing to rename Stewarts Reserve in Armstrong Creek to Dooliebeal.

The renaming process is in accordance with the 'Naming rules for places in Victoria, Statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities, 2016'.

The name Dooliebeal is the original name used by the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners to describe the Armstrong Creek valley with particular reference to the river red gums found in the area. For thousands of years the Wadawurrung people practiced their culture and cared for Country. The name was then picked up by the Stewart family who settled the area in the 1850’s and used the name Dooliebeal for their homestead. The Stewarts understood the word to describe the local vegetation in Wadawurrung language. The Stewart name is proposed to be retained through the naming of the walkway through the Reserve.

The proposed renaming will help build a greater understanding of Wadawurrung history and Geelong’s shared history. This Reserve along with the Duneed Aboriginal Land Reserve at Mt Duneed were the last refuges for Wadawurrung people in the Geelong region. European colonisation occurred from 1836 and by 1861 there were only seven Wadawurrung people recorded as remaining in the Geelong area. The recognition of the impact of this immense and rapid change on the local Wadawurrung population is an important step in the journey towards reconciliation.

The City welcomes public comment regarding this proposal. Submissions close 8th April 2019.


Key findings

90% support for proposal, 11 submissions total , 396 page views