The Willum Warrain Conceptual Master Plan is a vision of what can be achieved at the Aboriginal Gathering Place. Provide your feedback on the plan.

Willum Warrain in Hastings is a place where the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community can gather to explore identity and cultural heritage.

With an increase in population and interest in the site, Willum Warrain has now outgrown its facilities. Future projections show in five years there will be over 10,000 visitors per year and local membership will increase to 3000 people.

Willum Warrain is the largest employer of Aboriginal people on the Mornington Peninsula and is viewed by many as a destination for reconciliation.

For First Nations People, it’s important to maintain and strengthen their spiritual relationship with their traditionally owned or otherwise occupied and used lands and waters, to uphold their responsibilities to Country, Ancestors, Community, and future generations.

Download: Conceptual Master Plan report for Willum Warrain

Download: Conceptual Master Plan drawings for Willum Warrain

Download: Conceptual Master Plan landscape strategy for Willum Warrain

The Plan aims to create:

  • open amphitheatre for large gatherings,
  • artefacts and art display area,
  • dedicated Elders area,
  • welcome and yarning area, and a
  • base for cultural tourism.

Details in the Plan also include:

  • expanding the wetlands to Warringine Park,
  • creating a wildlife corridor encouraging the movement of animals,
  • a dedicated outdoors men’s-only area to fit a Men’s Shed storage and a
  • carport for the community buses.

The development of the community hub at the site will include:

  • a café,
  • industrial kitchen,
  • a bush nursery,
  • shop, and a
  • large vegetable garden.

Cultural events, tours and On Country experiences will also be a feature of future development.

The Master Plan sets the vision and direction for a renewed Gathering Place at Willum Warrain.

Cultural opportunities will be created which will allow the rekindling of cultural practices and traditional knowledge.

Willum Warrain is:

  • the largest employer of Aboriginal people on the Mornington Peninsula
  • viewed by many as a destination for reconciliation.
  • a place where the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community can gather to explore identity and cultural heritage.

Our Peninsula is one of the fastest growing Aboriginal areas in Victoria with a 34% increase especially in young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people under the age of 30.

With an increase in population and interest in the site, Willum Warrain has now outgrown its facilities. Future projections show in five years there will be over 10,000 visitors per year and local membership will increase to 3000 people.