Gathang name for new Council building on meeting agenda

Published on 23 October 2020

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Councillors will consider a recommendation to name the former Master’s building on Biripi Way in Gathang to honour local Aboriginal culture, when they meet next week.

‘Yalawanyi Gunyah’, which means sitting/meeting place, is the proposed name for the building that will house MidCoast Council’s new administration and customer service centre from January 2021.

MidCoast Council has been working with Gathang language holders to develop a suitably significant name for the building for several months, General Manager Adrian Panuccio explained. 

“The name ‘Yalawanyi Gunyah’ is significant because of the nature of the business that will occurs in the building and the opportunity the building provides for the community to visit -  through the customer service centre, Council Chambers, gallery space and public café.”

Mr Panuccio said using Gathang for the building name both honours the fact Council’s new administration and customer service centre is on Biripi Country, and is a tangible, visible commitment to reconciliation.

Councillors will discuss the naming of the building at the October Council Meeting, to be held next Wednesday 28 October. Members of the community can watch the proceedings via a link on Council’s website, with the livestream beginning at 2pm.