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Traditional owners name public space at Ballarat GovHub


The Victorian Government’s Ballarat GovHub is the region’s first building to officially recognise one of its most important Traditional Owners, naming a key part of the project after esteemed Wadawurrung Ancestor, Catobeen.

The Victorian Government has worked in partnership with Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, who also took part in the tour, along with representatives from the City of Ballarat and GovHub tenant groups.

The new name of the public space on the ground floor, The Catobeen Building, officially recognises Wadawurrung Traditional Owners and reflects the civic importance of the space.

Today’s Wadawurrung Traditional Owners are members of seven family groups, the descendants of their apical Ancestor, John Robinson. John was the son of Catobeen, also known as Queen Mary of Ballarat.

The GovHub is on track for completion early next year and once officially opened, The Catobeen Building will serve as a community venue that can be used as a café, gallery space, live music venue or gathering space.

The Ballarat GovHub will be home to up to 1000 Victorian Government employees, including up to 600 new and relocated public sector positions. The project has generated up to 500 jobs during construction, many of which have been to local Ballarat businesses.

The Victorian Government has invested $100 million in the project, which is being delivered in partnership with Development Victoria. An additional $50 million has been contributed to support the relocation of Victorian public service positions to Ballarat.

Take a look at the progress of construction for the soon to be completed GovHub building in Ballarat.

We have also just released a new Ballarat GovHub update, Summer 2020 (PDF 299.38 KB)PDF icon that you might be interested in.

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