Two new community hubs for Avoca

Published on 15 June 2022

Avoca Resource Centre

Pyrenees Shire Council has developed and named two new community hubs in Avoca.

Council received government funding to develop two hubs in Avoca, refurbishing the old shire offices, next to the Avoca Shire Hall, as a community hub or for business, and the development of a new digital hub at the rear of the Avoca Information Centre, as a technology space for small or start-up businesses.

These two new facilities will be available for use by the local community and businesses when construction is completed in the next few months.

Names considered appropriate for the type of facility were explored and approval was sought from the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation to use Indigenous names for the new hubs.

“It’s important for us to work with our local Aboriginal community to find ways to recognize and include Indigenous language and culture, and naming new places and community centres in our community is a positive way to continue acknowledging the importance of our Aboriginal community members,” Pyrenees Shire Council Mayor Cr Ron Eason said.

The new hub at the old shire offices will be named The Gunga Community Hub. The translation of Gunga is ‘to do, to work, to create, to make something’.

The new digital hub at the rear of the Avoca Information Centre will be named The Balaki Wuka Digital Hub. The translation of Balaki Wuka is ‘giving to community’.

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