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Djilang Plaza unveiled at Kardinia Park’s iconic redevelopment

Friday, November 24, 2023

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The Allan Labor Government will honor the First Nations People’s connection to land and place with the unveiling of Djilang Plaza at Kardinia Park’s iconic redevelopment, in a significant nod to Geelong’s deep-rooted history. Steve Dimopoulos, Minister for Tourism, Sport, and Major Events, announced that Djilang Plaza, which means “Tongue of Land” in the Traditional Wadawurrung language, will serve as a gateway for thousands of spectators each year.

Djilang Plaza, located outside Gate 1 at the northern end of the stadium, will share the rich history of Wadawurrung while also acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the land on which Kardinia Park is built. The name of the plaza pays homage to Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula’s unique location on the bay’s edge, encapsulating thousands of years of cultural ceremonies and rituals held at the park.

The Trust will oversee the Stage 5 Redevelopment, which will include a 14,000-capacity, two-tier northern stand, a new northern entry plaza, a sports museum, an indoor cricket hub, function rooms, and technological improvements. The project, which has included extensive community consultation, aims to transform Kardinia Park into Australia’s premier regional venue for sports, concerts, and community activities.

Gerard Griffin, Chief Executive Officer of the Kardinia Park Stadium Trust, expressed his delight at the inclusion of two bespoke Wadawurrung artworks within Djilang Plaza. These artworks, along with the plaza’s name, strengthen the community’s bond with the land.

Christine Couzens, Member for Geelong, emphasized Djilang’s representation of thousands of years of history with the Wadawurrung people, becoming synonymous with Kardinia Park for future generations. The project is intended to be a vibrant and welcoming space for visitors, providing an immersive experience into the region’s rich cultural heritage.

As the Stage 5 Redevelopment progresses, Djilang Plaza will become a meaningful tribute, connecting locals and visitors to the incredible history and legacy of the Wadawurrung people across the region. Kardinia Park’s transformation aligns with the government’s commitment to leaving a lasting legacy for the entire community, with a capacity increase to 40,000 people upon completion.

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