The Victorian Government made a commitment to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026. A new primary school in the south of Gisborne, to open in 2022, was part of this commitment.

We consulted the community on the school design in early 2020. For further information on the project, please visit the VSBA project page.

We consulted with the community Monday 26 October - Friday 13 November 2020 to choose a name that reflects the school’s unique identity, inspires local pride and makes the school easily locatable.

Following this consultation, WIllowbank Primary School was chosen as the school name.

The name reflects the school's proximity to WIllowbank Road and Willowbank Estate.

Naming a public building requires approval from relevant authorities and consideration of Aboriginal languages, alongside other guiding principles (see ‘Further Information’ below).

How to get involved

Tell us which school name you like best by ranking the proposed names that have been shortlisted by a Regional Advisory Group (RAG) from your local community.

Choose the school names in order of preference from first to last:

  • On desktop: drag and drop the school name from the left to the right column.
  • On mobile: tap the options in order of your preference.

Why these names?

Bunjil Primary School:
(pronounced bun-jil)

Bunjil (the eagle) is a Woi-Wurrung word and an important part of Wurundjeri culture. It is seen as the creator of country and men. Bunjil creek is also located nearby.

Garrong Primary School:
(pronounced garr-ong)

The Woi–Wurrung word for wattle, which is native to the Macedon Ranges.

Willowbank Primary School:

The new primary school is located nearby to Willowbank Road and Willowbank Estate.

Have your say

Thank you for having your say on the new primary school in the south of Gisborne. We consulted with the community Monday 26 October - Friday 13 November 2020.

Complete an online survey

Send us a written submission

Written submissions

Mailing address:

VSBA Community Engagement Team
Department of Education and Training
GPO Box 4367
Melbourne, 3001

Further information

Naming a public building is a complex process that takes several months to complete. Here is a summary of the guiding principles involved. A school name should:

  • Ensure public safety and operational safety for emergency response - without causing confusion for transport, communication and mail services
  • Recognise public interest - the long-term effect of the name on the wider community
  • Link the name to place - be relevant to the local area
  • Avoid duplication of a school name within 30km radius
  • Not be discriminatory
  • Recognise and consider use of Aboriginal languages, subject to agreement from the relevant Traditional Custodian group(s)
  • Review the use of dual names where applicable
  • Avoid the names of people still living
  • Not be named after commercial businesses, trade names, estate names or non-profit organisations
  • Use standard Australian English or a recognised format of an Aboriginal language local to the area (except proper nouns); include school provision; exclude numeric value, ‘the’ as a prefix, apostrophes and abbreviations (except for St/saint)
  • Not include directional language other than the locality.

Department of Education and Training (DET) School Naming policy:


Naming guide for schools (Quick guide):


Naming rules for places in Victoria, statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities 2016 (Extended version):


Geographic Names Victoria: