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Metro launches new partnership with Barrbunin Beek

Metro is proud to be working with its new First Nations community partner, Barrbunin Beek supporting the delivery of programs that meet the First Nations community’s needs.

Located in Olympic Park, West Heidelberg, Barrbunin Beek means ‘happy place’ in the Woiwurrung language.

Barrbunin Beek is a place for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait people to meet and build community through a series of different programs.

Metro’s Senior Adviser, Indigenous Affairs Jhdara Jones said the partnership will increase women’s and children’s programs and, in turn, increase engagement and participation for First Nations families to grow connection.

“At Metro, we’re genuinely excited to join hands with Barrbunin Beek Aboriginal Gathering Place on the path towards reconciliation and enabling self-determination,” he said.

“It’s a commitment to walk together, learn from each other, and create meaningful opportunities.”

Barrbunin Beek’s Kristen Munro says she is looking forward to the programs the partnership will facilitate.

“Our new partnership with Metro trains will allow us to empower our Women and Boorais (Children) by accessing existing and new programs at Barrbunin Beek that are designed to strengthen their connection to Culture, create new kinship networks and encourage self-determination and self-empowerment of all involved.”

The partnership aligns to Metro’s commitment to reconciliation and support self-determination of Victoria’s First Nation’s communities.