The impressive architecture and the name, Bunjil Place, were inspired by stories of Bunjil (also referred to as ‘Bundjil’) by our First Nation’s people.
These are extremely special, parable-like stories about Bunjil, the ‘creator’ - a wedge-tailed eagle that floated above the earth and brought the world and life into existence.
Though each tribal group has their own special relationship with and stories of Bunjil, there are themes that connect the City of Casey to the Bunjil story across our traditional owners the Boon Wurrung, Bunurong and Wurundjeri peoples, such as referencing Bunjil as the creator spirit that carved man from the land (or clay).
There are also elements that are specific to each First Nation’s group that embed the story firmly into the vernacular of each tribe such as the species of eagle and the local topography Bunjil may inhabit.
The building design for Bunjil Place evokes Bunjil the creator in the shape of a wedge-tailed eagle. The building's roof form floats like protective wings over the people who gather in this space, between the strong latticed timber froms that represent the feet of the eagle.
The City of Casey acknowledges the unique stories of all traditional land owners.