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Moreland City Council to ditch slave plantation link, with ratepayers to choose new Woi-wurrung name

The City of Moreland will soon cease to exist, with the area to be renamed in a vote by ratepayers. The local council opted to change the name after the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung community informed them of the slavery links to the “Moreland” name. Mayor Mark Riley said the change was all part of a reconciliation plan between the council and Traditional Owners. “The name of a city is of fairly important significance and symbolism to the city and if it’s excluding somebody, why would you want to keep it?” he said. “It all stems from that commitment that we have…