Banyule Community Health Aboriginal Health Team (BHATS) has a team of seven Aboriginal staff who deliver services and assist in running programs and groups locally both from the Community health service and at Barbunnin Beek gathering Place.
The team provide:
- Casework and support and linking to specialist health and welfare services
- Chronic health
- Early Years and Maternal child health
- Child protection / advocacy and legal support
A range of community activities happen at Babarrbunin Beek, including men’s and women’s groups, cooking and food share activities, holiday activities for children, and cultural education.
- Warrier games
- Sista Circle, 10:30am – 3:00pm
- Nhalinggu Bagung Art Group, 10:00am – 2:00pm
- Mens group
- Foodshare, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays
- Yuloo (local Aboriginal Dance Group)
The team deliver a cultural education program on a annual curriculmn into the local kinders and primary schools in Banyule.
BHATS takes the view that through culture we can improve and strengthen ourselves, our families and community.
Babarrbunin Beek - Gathering Place
(Babarrbunin Beek means ‘happy place’ in the Woiwurrung language. It is a gathering place for the local Indigenous community to establish connection to country and form a sense of belonging and ownership.)
What is Babarrbunin Beek?
A gathering place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in and around Banyule. The gathering place is located in Olympic Park (The Fred Howe Annex) next to the walkway to Northland. It is called Babarrbunin Beek, which means ‘happy place’ in the local Woiwurrung language. It gives local Aboriginal and Torres Strait people a place to call home, a place to meet and a place to build community.
Babarrbunin Beek is a joint project between the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, Banyule Community Health and Banyule City Council to have a dedicated space where people can come together. It allows the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to create a real connection to country by establishing a place of community ownership, where knowledge can be shared and culture celebrated.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander controlled
Babarrbunin Beek is overseen by a committee that meets monthly and is supported by the Aboriginal Health Team from Banyule Community Health and Banyule City Council. This group sets direction for the development of cultural activities and opportunities within the gathering place. It also advises Banyule Community Health and Banyule City Council on matters relevant to local People.
All community members are invited and welcome to have a voice and influence both local community initiatives as well as broader local government thinking.
Babarrbunin Beek Community Protocols
- Acknowledge and respect country, Traditional Owners and space when on site;
- Respect each other and place when on site;
- As a community-led and –controlled space, all decisions related to the development and use of the gathering space needs to be directed through the community committee for discussion and decision making.
The Babarrbunin Beek committee meets on the last Friday of every month at 11.30 am (following Food share). The committee is open to all to observe and contribute.
We welcome hearing from all community members, and encourage you to:
• explore new ideas with us;
• talk to us about your interest in supporting the community; or starting a group
BCH is on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri People. We pay our respects to their Elders both past and present and acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first people of this nation.