Naming Proposal for the new Pemberton Community Hub
Currently under construction; the Pemberton Community Hub represents a fruitful collaboration between the Shire of Manjimup and six community not-for-profit groups in the town of Pemberton. The Hub, due to open in September 2022, is a culmination of efforts of many individuals and groups in the town to deliver a fit for purpose solution that addresses issues faced with current facilities and operations.
Since the project’s inception, there has been a stakeholder group whom meet regularly. This stakeholder group currently meet monthly and have a single representative from each group/service. The stakeholder group have deliberated over a formal location name that encompasses the nature of the development, a difficult task indeed.
The aims of the new precinct name was that it was clear and not misleading to first time visitors and encompassing of all the services provided on site. The following name was proposed by a traditional custodian and the stakeholder group unanimously supported it:
Balang Miya Pemberton Community Hub
Balang Miya, pronounced “Ba – lang – my – er”, is Bibbulmun-Noongar language from the Traditional Custodians on the land on which Pemberton stands. Balang means ‘many’ and Miya means ‘dwelling’, together meaning ‘many houses’ representing the collective nature of the site being the home of many community services.
The stakeholder group believe it is important for the Bibbulmun-Noongar language to form part of the name to acknowledge and embrace the language and culture of the Traditional Custodians of the land. This proposal is in keeping with the Shire of Manjimup’s Draft Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) intentions in raising awareness and advocating for inclusiveness. Further, the naming of this new facility is a great opportunity for the Pemberton community to celebrate the community’s diversity, history and inclusiveness.
If endorsed, the proposed name would be displayed in signage on the building(s), accompanied by wayfinding and information signage detailing the residents within the location, opening hours etc. The name will also be used as the formal reference for the site.
In addition to the location signage, signage (new and/or original) will be on the existing buildings; the RSL Hall and Old Infant Health Centre, to ensure ongoing recognition of these buildings and their original uses. The Shire successful applied for a grant from the Department of Veteran Affairs (via the Pemberton RSL Sub branch) covering the cost of a number of displays of RSL memorabilia inside the RSL Hall, and is seeking further funds for more RSL displays throughout the landscaping and on the building to commemorate the important role the building has had in the community.
Whilst celebrating the rich history of the RSL and Infant Health Centre on the site, the new name also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians, as well as encompass the diversity of the services on the site which includes arts, heritage, library services, visitor servicing, community and business resources. The proposed name, along with site interpretation and signage, is intended to acknowledge the past and look to the future in which the new facility promises.
The proposed name is currently open for public comment. The period to submit a comment on the naming proposal has been extended to 15 December 2021.
Those who would like to submit a comment are encouraged to do so by letter to Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Manjimup PO Box 1, Manjimup WA 6258 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full proposal can be found here.
Authorised by Andrew Campbell, Chief Executive Officer
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